Whistle Go Pet Tracker

Whistle Go Pet Tracker

Review date: 11/02/2020

Have you ever thought, "I need a fitness tracker for my dog?!" If so, the Whistle Go or Whistle Go Explore are for you. This little doohickey attaches to your dog's collar and lets you track where she is while also monitoring her activity. It combines GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular tech to track your pup at all times, alert you if she leaves a "safe area", and lets you know if she is getting enough exercise. It even monitors if you pup is licking, scratching, or sleeping too much. You'll love it. Your dog is likely to find it pretty creepy.

What could happen if something goes wrong

All that current and historical personal location information this tracker collects on you and your pup can be used by the company to send you offers and promotions from third parties in order to target you with advertising. So if you visit one of those big box stores with your pup, that could mean lots of ads following you around from that big box store after. Another thing to consider, this device uses all the tracking and connection tech — GPS, cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. That's a lot of connectivity. As the company says, "Know more than ever about your best friend." That could turn creepy if someone with bad intentions wanted to know more about you.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: Yes

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How can you control your data?

Their privacy says you can request your data be deleted. Emails sent to privacy@whistle.com bounced. Whistle has now fixed this as a result of our outreach to them.

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

Average

No known incidents in the last 2 years.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Encrypts data in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Whistle uses third party security services to perform routine security assessments at predefined intervals. It also utlizes its beta client pool to receive and address bugs.

Privacy policy

Yes

Webpage links to a different privacy policy for Mars (https://www.mars.com/privacy). An email sent to privacy@whistle.com bounced.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

No

Company contact info