Reviewed October 1st, 2020
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Vivofit Jr. 2

Garmin Ltd.


The Vivofit Jr. 2 is an activity tracker designed for kids that can track steps, movement, sleep, and chores. The tracker connects to an app via Bluetooth which allows parents to monitor their child's progress. It can be purchased for $69.99 and comes in a variety of colors and styles.

Breach History

Has there ever been a breach or data leak?


Date of last breach

July 2020

A Russian hacking group known as Evil Corp encrypted much of Garmin's user data in a ransomware attack, and demanded $10 million to retrieve it. Many of Garmin's services were down during this time; however, it is not clear if any information was stolen in this attack or if it was merely locked in order to bargain for a ransom.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

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


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


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?


Does it have a privacy policy?


How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

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?


Account Requirements

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

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?


Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

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?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Given Garmin does not use your personal data unless explicitly given consent, there is not much risk in using this product. However, it is still possible if someone hacked into the device, they would have the activity and sleep information of a child. Be aware of this risk before purchasing this product.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Garmin can use de-identified data for analytics and product improvement, but only with your consent. This means Garmin can strip your data of personal information and pool it with other user data for analysis.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Easy to use.
  • Large variety of appearances.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Limited fitness-tracking abilities.
  • Limited health impact.

Final Thoughts

Garmin was recently the target of a ransomware attack which locked all user information until a ransom was paid. While it does not appear any information was stolen in this attack, it proves that Garmin may not be the most secure company to have copies of yours or your child's personal information. Use this product with extreme caution.

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