Kinsa Smart Thermometers

Kinsa Smart Thermometers

Kinsa, Inc.
Bluetooth

Data da avaliação: 8 de Novembro de 2021

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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.

O que pode acontecer se algo der errado?

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.

Dicas para se proteger

  • 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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O que pode ser usado para se inscrever?

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

Que dados a empresa coleta?

Como a empresa usa esses dados?

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.

Como você pode controlar seus dados?

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

Qual é o histórico conhecido da empresa na proteção de dados dos usuários?

Médio

No known incidents in the last 3 years.

Este produto pode ser usado offline?

Sim

Informações de privacidade fáceis de entender?

Não

Links para informações de privacidade

Este produto atende aos nossos padrões mínimos de segurança? informações

Sim

Criptografia

Sim

Senha forte

Não aplicável

Atualizações de segurança

Sim

Gerencia vulnerabilidades

Sim

Política de privacidade

Sim

O produto usa inteligência artificial? informações

Sim

Esta inteligência artificial não é confiável?

Não foi possível determinar

Que tipo de decisões a inteligência artificial faz sobre você ou por você?

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

A empresa é transparente sobre como funciona a inteligência artificial?

Não foi possível determinar

O usuário tem controle sobre os recursos da inteligência artificial?

Não foi possível determinar


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