Reviewed September 29th, 2020
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Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit, Inc.
3/10

Summary

A watch that does everything. 24/7 Heart Rate tracking, sleep tracking, fitness tracking, Spotify connect and Alexa connect. It has Alexa built-in, and comes with different bands to help you look good at the gym or at the office. The Fitbit will notify you of any way to get you off your butt and out doing stuff. Here's to tracking everything in your life with comfort and ease.

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 does a secure job with privacy and de-identifies the data it collects so it's hopefully not personally identifiable. Hopefully is used because depending on the kind of data, it is pretty easy for hackers to de-anonymize data sets and track down individual’s patterns, especially with location data. So, be aware you are strapping on a deivce with a built-in microphone that tracks your location, sleep patterns, and more. That's a bunch of personal information gathered in one small place.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Fitbit can share de-identified data with anyone. Fitbit strips your data of personal information and then combines it with other user data and can share it with anyone.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • De-indentifies the data it collects and receives from you, so it is not personally identifiable.
  • Bug bounty program, which means if anyone finds a security issue, Fitbit discloses it responsibily and fiscally. 

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • A lot of personal information in one place, such as location, heart rate, sleep patterns, and more.
  • Google is buying Fitbit, who has a lot of sensitive information, and Google has a lot of data on people.
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