Wyze Band

Wyze Band

Wyze
Bluetooth

Fecha de la reseña: 8 de Noviembre de 2021

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Wyze makes this adorable little fitness tracker designed to also control all the Wyze smart home stuff around your house like your Wyze Cam and Wyze Plug. It comes with Alexa built-in, which means this band you wear on your wrist all the time comes with a "dual microphone array" (but no speaker, so you can't ask Alexa to tell you a joke, just to turn lights on and such). It tracks all the usual, heart rate, steps, calories, and connects to your phone via Bluetooth to get alerts and share fitness data. The Wyze Band is affordable but maybe having two microphones strapped to your wrist all the time in a cheap fitness tracker from a company with a bit of a checkered privacy past could feel a little creepy?

¿Qué podría pasar si algo falla?

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 Wyze band does come with Alexa built-in, which is different from most fitness trackers. It means there are actual microphones built into the band you wear on your wrist all day. Yeah, that’s kinda creepy. Wyze does say the band only listens when you long press the home button, which we sure hope is true.

What should you know about Alexa? Amazon makes it possible to automatically delete voice recordings immediately after they are processed. That's a nice feature after the controversy around human reviewers listening in to Alexa voice recordings. However, Amazon says when you delete your voice recordings, they still can keep data of the interactions those recordings triggered. So, if you buy a pregnancy test through Amazon Alexa, they won't forget you bought that pregnancy test just because you ask them to delete the voice recording of that purchase. That record of the purchase is data they have on you going forward and may use to target you with ads for more stuff.

The biggest worry we have about Wyze is the huge data leak they suffered back in December, 2019 that exposed the personal information of 2.4 million users of their security cameras 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 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.

What's the worst that could happen? Oh, maybe Wyze forgets to protect their database again and leaks a bunch of your data. Someone could use your biometric data to learn your drinking habits. They see that you tend to drink a bit too much on Saturdays and start targeting you then with ads to buy those expensive records you collect. You drunk buy way too much stuff and end up deep in debt. Perhaps it's not likely to happen. It's also not out of the question.

Consejos para protegerte

  • 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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¿Me puede espiar? Información

Cámara

Dispositivo: No

Aplicación:

Micrófono

Dispositivo:

Aplicación:

Rastrea la ubicación

Dispositivo: No

Aplicación:

¿Qué se puede usar para registrarse?

¿Qué datos recopila la empresa?

¿Cómo utiliza la empresa estos datos?

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.

¿Cómo puedes controlar el uso de tus datos?

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.

¿Qué historial tiene la compañía en cuanto a la protección de los datos de los usuarios?

Necesita mejoras

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.

¿El producto se puede usar sin conexión?

No

¿La información de privacidad es fácil de entender?

No

The privacy statement mentions audio data, but there's no explanation of what is being collected and what happens to it.

Enlaces a información de privacidad

¿El producto cumple nuestros estándares mínimos de seguridad? Información

Cifrado

Contraseña fuerte

Actualizaciones de seguridad

Gestiona las vulnerabilidades

Política de privacidad

¿El producto usa IA? Información

If you chose to connect Alexa.

¿Es poco confiable esta IA?

No se puede determinar

¿Qué tipo de decisiones toma la IA acerca de ti o por ti?

Voice recognition, if you chose to connect Alexa.

¿La empresa es transparente acerca del funcionamiento de la IA?

No se puede determinar

¿Tiene el usuario control sobre las características de la IA?

No se puede determinar

*privacidad no incluida

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