Wyze Scale

Wyze Scale

Wyze
Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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People voted: Somewhat creepy

Wyze makes an affordable smart scale that tracks all the same things more expensive smart scales track. It connects to the Wyze app through Bluetooth to sync your weight, BMI, heart rate, protein level, visceral fat, and more. As with the other scales we reviewed, the app works with Google Fit, Apple Health, and other popular fitness apps. And hey, it says it offers "unlimited sharing with friends and family" because, you know, it's super fun to share your weight and visceral fat with friends and family, right? Really people, there can be too much sharing!

What could happen if something goes wrong?

There’s nothing in Wyze’s privacy policy that worries us overly much. We like that Wyze does not sell your personal information. They say they can share de-identified or aggregated information with third parties, which is pretty common and not too worrisome. Although it’s a good time to remind you that it’s been found to be pretty easy to de-anonymize some types of data and track down an individual’s patterns, especially with location data. And they do some targeted advertising with data they collect. Again, this is pretty normal in our digital ad economy and nothing stands out with Wyze that concerns us too much.

The biggest worry we have about Wyze’s connected products is the huge data leak their smart cameras suffered back in December, 2019 that exposed the personal information of 2.4 million customers when they left a database unprotected for 22 days. That is not good, not good at all. Fortunately, Wyze jumped on fixing their epic goof, which is what you want to see from a company when something like this happens. And as far as we can tell, Wyze hasn’t had any major security vulnerabilities or data leaks since then.

Tips to protect yourself

  • Review Wyze's recommendations to keep your account secure
  • Check Wyze security & trust tips
  • Be very careful who you chose to share your Wyze wellness data with.
  • Don't connect your Wyze app to any social networks like Facebook.
  • Enable two-factor identification
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

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?

Wyze does not sell your personal information. However, Wyze may share aggregated or de-identified information with third parties, under your consent. Wyze also uses your data to target advertisement.

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted. Wyze may still retain cached or archived copies of information about you for a certain period of time.

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

Needs Improvement

In 2019, a massive leak happened at Wyze, exposing information from 2.4M customers. To Wyze’s credit, it has been very detailed in describing what happened, when, why, how, and what the company is doing about it.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

You can submit security vulnerabilities to Wyze: https://wyze.com/security-report

Privacy policy

Yes

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

*privacy not included

Dive Deeper

  • Wyze data leak: Key takeaways from server mistake that exposed information from 2.4M customers
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  • Wyze Cam subscriptions: What you need to know about October 9 service change
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  • Wyze and Guardzilla Security Cameras Have Security Risks, Consumer Reports Finds
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