Vivofit Jr 2

Vivofit Jr 2

Garmin $69.99
Bluetooth

Review date: 11/02/2020

An activity tracker designed for kids. What could go wrong? These wearables for kids ages 4-7 come in cool designs from Star Wars, Disney's Frozen, to Spiderman and more. They sure sound fun. That is, until kids learn parents can track not just steps, movement, and sleep but also CHORES! Garmin's Vivofit Jr 2 connects to an app via Bluetooth. The app lets parents track whether or not kids have done their chores, if they've moved for 60 minutes a day, if they actually went to sleep when they were supposed to and dole out rewards if they have. Now Mom and Dad can be Big Brother too!

What could happen if something goes wrong

Garmin has a good track record of how they handle users' personal information. And this fitness tracker for kids does come with parental controls. However, the device tracks the activity and sleep of a child. Parents should ask themselves, "Is this information I want gathered and potentially accessible to others about my child?" Also, there is a good question to be raised about teaching young children that this level of digital surveillance in their lives is OK.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: No

Tracks Location

Device: No

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

With your consent, Garmin can use aggregated, de-identified data for analytics and product improvement. This means Garmin strips your data of personal information and then pools it with other user data.

How can you control your data?

You can choose not to sync the device with the app. You can request that data be deleted.

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Average

Garmin was subject to a ransomeware attack that took it offline for 3 days in July of 2020. No customer data was compromised.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest. All Garmin wearable devices run over a secure Bluetooth connection from a mobile app.

Strong password

Not applicable

Wearable devices run over a secure Bluetooth connection from an app on your phone or tablet. In order to use the app, an account with a strong password is required.

Security updates

Yes

Updates are pushed automatically when you pair your device with the companion app.

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Garmin doesn't have an official bug bounty program, but it invites responsible disclosure of security vulnerabilities.

Privacy policy

Yes

Garmin has a Vivofit Jr specific privacy page.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

No

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Updates

Ransomware attack on Garmin thought to be the work of 'Evil Corp'
The Guardian
A ransomware attack that took the GPS and smartwatch business Garmin entirely offline for more than three days is believed to have been carried out by a Russian cybercriminal gang which calls itself “Evil Corp”. Garmin began to restore services to customers on Monday morning, after being held hostage for a reported ransom of $10m, although some services were still operating with limited functionality.
Should children wear fitness trackers?
Techradar
What you need to know about activity tracking for kids
Is the clock ticking on kids smartwatches?
Kidscreen
Kids smartwatches don’t have the best reputation. The German telecommunications regulator, Federal Network Agency, banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children and urged parents to destroy the devices, describing them as spying tools.

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