Reviewed September 29th, 2020
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Fitbit Charge 4 Tracker

Fitbit, Inc.
3/10

Summary

The Fitbit Charge 4 tracks your exercise by monitoring GPS, heart rate, stairs climbed, and calories burned. The device also pairs with your phone so you can access all of your data through a secure Bluetooth connection.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Fitbit anonymizes all data so it cannot be personally identifiable. However, it has been found to be relatively simple to de-anonymize this data and track an individual's patterns, especially with location data. Be aware that by purchasing this device, you will have a device constantly monitoring your location, heart rate, sleep patterns, and more.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Fitbit asks permission to share your information, which you do not have to give them. However, if you do, Fitbit claims to transfer information to corporate affiliates, service providers, and other partners.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Built-in GPS.
  • Various sleep tools.
  • Spotify support.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Major privacy concerns.
  • Very basic interface.
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