Ostrzeżenie: *Prywatność dla tego produktu do nabycia osobno
Verizon sells this rather bare bones smartwatch/wrist phone alongside a cell service plan. The watch, targeted at the younger kid age-group who aren't quite old enough to have a phone of their own, lets parents and caregivers track kids with GPS location, set up a list of 10 trusted contacts that the child can call, set up reminders, track steps, and push to-do lists. Parents have to download the GizmoHub app to manage and monitor the smart watch. Parents might love the ability to track their kids everyone (although there are probably better options out there to do this). However, Verizon doesn't exactly have the best track record at protecting their users' privacy, so that's something parents should consider before strapping this device on their 6 year old's wrist.
Co się może stać, jeśli coś pójdzie nie tak?
Verizon isn’t exactly known as a company with a good reputation for protecting and respecting their user’s privacy. In fact, they’ve actually been kinda awful. There’s the proposed fine from the Federal Communications Commission for failing to protect consumer’s location data (they were accused of selling access to it when they shouldn’t have). There are the reports of them forcing people (even those who opt- out) into letting them look at your browsing history, including the websites you go to, what apps you use, and potentially even who you called or texted. And then there is their terrible stance on net neutrality (the idea that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally, not given special treatment depending on where it comes from). Remember when they got caught throttling the data of California firefighters trying to battle a huge blaze in 2018. Yeah, Verizon isn’t exactly the most trustworthy company when it comes to privacy.
So, when they offer up a Gizmowatch and GizmoHub app for kids that can track them using GPS, uses cellular data to send calls, voice and text messages, as well as track steps and more, we admit, we were skeptical. Why would anyone want to let a company with such a history of privacy violations and bad acting track their young child?
And what does Verizon say they can do with this information? Well, they say this, “We use the information we collect to deliver, maintain, support and improve Gizmo services, including to provide you with precise geolocation information for your Gizmo devices, and for analytics. Approximate geolocation identifying an area of approximately 2/3 of a mile radius of your child may also be used by our partner Accuweather to provide weather updates if requested by GizmoWatch Disney Edition and GizmoWatch 2 users.” Which sounds like it might be fine, but also is rather vague. They do also say they can share this personal information with service providers but promise to not allow any of that personal information to be used “for behavioral advertising, to compile profiles, or any other purpose.” That sounds pretty OK. Except, Verizon has been caught in the past collecting or using personal information in ways they said they wouldn’t, so you have to trust Verizon and their service providers and business affiliates to protect and respect you and your child’s personal information. Which might be OK. It also might not be, so please be aware of that.
What’s the worst that could happen with Verizon’s GizmoWatch? Well, if Verizon were to share or sell location information that they said they wouldn’t as they were accused of in the past, that’s probably not personal information you want shared on your or your kid, right? Because no one needs to know where your kid is all the time, except for maybe you and your trusted contacts. And the thought of that data being up for sale on your child 12 and under (or even 13 and up) is pretty dang freaky if you ask us. So, please think carefully before getting one of these smartwatches (or any smartwatch) for your kid.
One final consideration. We think there is a good question to be raised about teaching young children that the level of digital surveillance this smartwatch provides is OK. Maybe we should track kids a little bit less, and teach them constant surveillance isn’t exactly a good thing?
Wskazówki, jak się chronić
- Parents, keep a sharp eye on parent controls and permissions.
- Do not sign up with third-party accounts. Better just log in with email and strong password.
- Chose a strong password! You may use a password control tool like 1Password, KeePass etc
- Use your device privacy controls to limit access to your personal information via app (do not give access to your camera, microphone, images, location unless neccessary)
- Keep your app regularly updated
- Limit ad tracking via your device (eg on iPhone go to Privacy -> Advertising -> Limit ad tracking) and biggest ad networks (for Google, go to Google account and turn off ad personalization)
- Request your data be deleted once you stop using the app. Simply deleting an app from your device usually does not erase your personal data.
- When starting a sign-up, do not agree to tracking of your data if possible.
Czego można użyć do rejestracji?
Konto firmy trzeciej
Apple and Google log-ins available
Jakie dane zbiera ta firma?
Your name, mobile telephone number, email address; and your child’s name, age and gender; precise geolocation
Związane z ciałem
Jak ta firma wykorzystuje te dane?
Jak możesz kontrolować swoje dane?
Jaka jest znana historia tej firmy w zakresie ochrony danych użytkowników?
In 2021, Verizon overrided users’ opt-out preferences in push to collect browsing history.
In 2020, a fine of $48.3M was proposed by FCC against Verizon in Location Information Case.
Verizon was fined in 2018 for selling users' locations.
In 2017, Verizon suffered a breach with 6million records involved.
Informacje o prywatności dziecka
Czy ten produkt może być używany bez połączenia z siecią?
Przyjazne dla użytkownika informacje o prywatności?
A confusing list of privacy policies that aren't always clear on how personal information is used on consumers.
Odnośniki do informacji o prywatności
Czy ten produkt spełnia nasze minimalne standardy bezpieczeństwa?
Zajmuje się problemami z bezpieczeństwem
You can report vulnerabilities to https://www.verizon.com/solutions-and-services/report-security-vulnerability/
Zasady ochrony prywatności
Dowiedz się więcej
Privacy and Security Evaluation of the Verizon GizmoWatchCommon Sense
Privacy Evaluation for GizmoHubCommon Sense
Verizon faces scrutiny for automatically tracking subscriber informationConsumer Affairs
The Best Smartwatches For Kids (And Parents) To Stay ConnectedForbes
The Best Smartwatches and Phones for KidsThe New York Times
Smartwatch Privacy for Kids During the Coronavirus PandemicCommon Sense
Verizon might collect your browsing data even if you previously opted outEngadget
Verizon customers might want to check their privacy settings ASAPInput
FCC Proposes $48.3M Fine against Verizon in Location Information CaseFederal Communications Commission
How To Opt Out of Verizon’s New Data Collection PolicyClark
Verizon Breach: 6 Million Customer Accounts ExposedBank Info Security
Verizon might be collecting your browsing history and here’s how to stop itThe Verge
Verizon overrides users’ opt-out preferences in push to collect browsing historyArs Technica
Use the Verizon app? Check your settings to protect your privacyUSA Today
The FCC Fines Wireless Companies for Selling Users' Location DataWired
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