Kinsa Smart Thermometers

Kinsa Smart Thermometers

Kinsa, Inc.
Bluetooth

Passé en revue le : 8 novembre 2021

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Mozilla a effectué 6 heures de recherches
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Vote du public : Moyennement flippant

Thanks to the coronavirus, thermometers are a must have these days. Kinsa's smart thermometers take your temperature like a regular thermometer--there's one that does it in the ear and another the oral, under arm, anal way. What makes these thermometers interesting is that they connect to Kinsa's app via Bluetooth and give you personalized guidance based on your symptoms. They also take the health data they collect from the over two million thermometers in use and anonymously aggregate this date to see where illness outbreaks are happening down to a county or zip code level in the United States. You can even access this information at their site healthweather.us. This might worry some privacy experts, while making many public health experts working to battle illness outbreaks happy.

Que pourrait-il se passer en cas de problème ?

Kinsa seems to do a pretty good job with privacy and security. They say they won’t sell your personal information, which is good. They may de-identify and aggregate your personal information to create "Illness Signals" to help inform where and when illness is spreading. According to a 2018 NY Times article, they can use this de-identified data to target ads to an area based on illness outbreaks, or as they state in their privacy policy, “Help companies direct their marketing to sicker areas.” That sounds creepier than it probably actually is...we hope.

And de-identifying personal data is generally an OK practice and can help better public health, although many privacy researchers will point out it can be relatively easy to de-anonymize such data. If you’re looking for a smart thermometer that doesn’t share this sort of aggregated data, the Withings Thermo currently doesn't share health data to help determine public health outbreaks in an area.

What's the worst that could happen? You could record your symptoms in the app. Kinsa sees that you and seventeen others like you in your county have the same symptoms, alert public health officials to a potential outbreak of illness, and public health officials step in to stop further spread of the illness. That doesn't sound too bad in the age of coronavirus.

Conseils pour vous protéger

  • Be very careful what third party companies you consent to share you health data with. If you do decided to share your health data with another company, read their privacy policy to see how they protect, secure, and share or sell your data.
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Ce produit peut-il m’espionner ? informations

Caméra

Appareil : Non

Application : Non

Microphone

Appareil : Non

Application : Non

Piste la géolocalisation

Appareil : Non

Application : Oui

Que peut-on utiliser pour s’inscrire ?

Signup is not required to use the Kinsa thermometer. Signup with email address is required to use the Kinsa app's full features.

Quelles données l’entreprise collecte-t-elle ?

Comment l’entreprise utilise-t-elle les données ?

Kinsa promises to not sell personal information. According to New York Times in 2018, Kinsa does share non-personal data for targeting ads. According to Kinsa's privacy principles, they 'Help companies direct their marketing to sicker areas.'

Kinsa may provide research institutions certain de-identified health data for research purposes to better predict and stop the spread of infectious disease.

If you opt-in to share IDENTIFIABLE health data with an organization, the data specified at opt-in (examples: temperature values, self check red/green status results) will be shared with the organization you have enrolled with. Users may verify and opt-out of sharing identifiable data with an organization at any time via the mobile app settings.

Comment pouvez-vous contrôler vos données ?

After 1 year of user inactivity, data is deleted. Users can also delete their usage data.

Quel est l’historique de l’entreprise en matière de protection des données des utilisateurs et utilisatrices ?

Moyen

No known incidents in the last 3 years.

Ce produit peut-il être utilisé hors connexion ?

Oui

Informations relatives à la vie privée accessibles et compréhensibles ?

Non

Liens vers les informations concernant la vie privée

Ce produit respecte-t-il nos critères élémentaires de sécurité ? informations

Oui

Chiffrement

Oui

Mot de passe robuste

Ne s’applique pas

Mises à jour de sécurité

Oui

Gestion des vulnérabilités

Oui

Politique de confidentialité

Oui

Le produit utilise-t-il une IA ? informations

Oui

Cette IA est-elle non digne de confiance ?

Impossible à déterminer

Quel genre de décisions l’IA prend-elle à votre sujet ou pour vous ?

The AI does not make decisions for the users, according to Kinsa.

L’entreprise est-elle transparente sur le fonctionnement de l’IA ?

Impossible à déterminer

Les fonctionnalités de l’IA peuvent-elles être contrôlées par l’utilisateur ou l’utilisatrice ?

Impossible à déterminer

*confidentialité non incluse

Pour aller plus loin

  • What's your local illness risk?
    Kinsa
  • “Smart” thermometer identifies likely pandemic hotspots
    Jeff Rowe

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