Withings Body Scale

Withings Body Scale

Review date: Oct. 23, 2019

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Somewhat creepy
For those of us who don't live with a doctor, there's this series of scales. They do everything from weigh you to measure your heart rate, water percentage, bone and muscle mass. It takes all that very personal information and shares it with an app on your phone where you set up personalized programs to keep your weight right where you want it. If you have the willpower, that is.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Withings does meet our Minimum Security Standards. And any data they collect on you, they say will not be shared out with any third parties. This is all very good, because these scales collect some very personal information and share that data to your phone. If this data were exposed, people wouldn't just know how much you weigh, but what your heart rate, BMI, and even if you are tracking a pregnancy.
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: No

Tracks location

Device: No

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

How can you control your data?

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

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t Determine

User-friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

You access the device through the Withings HealthMate app, which requires a unique password at the start.

Security updates

Yes

Does it get regular software/firmware updates?

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

Privacy policy

Yes

Does it have a privacy policy?

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine

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