Samsung Galaxy Active 2
Review date: 11/02/2020
Samsung says they want you to "learn more so you can achieve more." And this smart fitness watches gives you a lot to learn. It will track your running style and tell you how to run better. The golf edition claims it can help you improve your golf game. It says its ECG heart rate monitor can look for signs of Atrial Fibrillation. It can even monitor to see if you've fallen and can't get up. All that plus the standard tracking of sleep, stress, steps, calories and more. Cool! Just beware, Samsung may also want to learn more so it can achieve more by collecting and potentially selling your personal health data to consumer data resellers. That'll get your heart out of whack.
What could happen if something goes wrong
This device tracks your location, heart rate, sleep patterns, stress and more. That's a lot of personal information gathered in one place. And Samsung says they may share your data with business affiliates who make predictions about your interests and target you with ads. That means it's possible you could get have crazy insomnia and sleep terribly for a couple months, Samsung could know that and share that data with someone who will target you with ads for sleeping pills everywhere you go. You try the sleeping pills out, get addicted, and no one wants that. OK, this is probably not likely, but also not impossible in our digital ad economy.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
Name, email, phone number, date of birth, gender
Heart rate, movement, sleep data, stress, menstrual cycle, voice, and more
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
In February, 2020, Samsung had a data breach on it UK customer account pages, effecting less than 150 people.
Can this product be used offline?
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Uses encryption in transit and at rest.
Samsung has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://security.samsungmobile.com/rewardsProgram.smsb
Samsung has a page highlighting it's privacy principles