Reviewed September 29th, 2020
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Withings Body Scale

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7/10

Summary

The Withings Body Scale is an all in one solution for the series of scales you typically find in a doctor's office. It can measure heart rate, water percentage, bone and muscle mass and shares that information with an app on your phone. This allows you to set up personalized programs to ensure your health. The Body Scale costs between $60 and $150 depending on the model.

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?

There is not much risk of your data being compromised with this product. However, Withings does state that it may have to disclose your information to authorized third parties in certain cases outlined in their Privacy Policy, such as delivery of purchases and verification of bank information.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Withings claims it does not share your personal data with third parties. However, some of your data may be disclosed to affiliates and authorized third parties in compliance with their Privacy Policy for delivery of purchases, customer support, and verification of bank information.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Fully encrypted
  • Receives regular software updates
  • System in place for managing security vulnerabilities

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Potential data transfer to authorized third parties in cases outlined in their Privacy Policy
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