This little item can fit anywhere: your wallet, TV remote, keys, bags, everything. The app lets you track your items within Bluetooth range and lets you know where they are if you lose something. There's multiple versions: a waterproof version, sticker version, super slim version, and a Pro version to meet any potential scenarios that the Tile Mate would be used in.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
No known hacks or data breaches!
Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?
Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?
Does it have parental controls?
Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?
Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?
Does it require you to create a strong password?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
How Can It Snoop?
Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?
Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?
Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?
Does it require an email address to use?
Does it require a phone number to use?
Does it require an address (home or office) to use?
Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?
Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?
Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?
Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?
What Could Go Wrong?
These remote Bluetooth trackers pose an interesting situation. First, they only track within Bluetooth range which is around 200 - 400 feet. But, the Tile also has a Community Find feature that allows anyone with the Tile app to find your Tile and alert you. This is a good feature, but it can be used for bad purposes. In an unlikely scenario, someone could slip a Tile tracker into your possessions without you finding out, and can use the community find feature to track your location without you knowing.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Tile states they do not share your data with third parties for either commercial or marketing purposes.
- Able to find items within Bluetooth range.
- Does not share content with third-parties for commercial use.
- Community Find feature that allows people in your area to help find lost items.
- Not many cons with privacy situations.
- Tile does well to be secure and people do not need to put in much information for Bluetooth.
Tile seems to do a decent job protecting user personal information. The only real risk is that a hacker could use the Community Find feature to locate you or the item the Tile is attached to. Be aware of this before using, but user privacy should be relatively safe.