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Fitness wearables: Who's tracking who?

Taylor Armerding | March 17, 2016
They are a hot product, since they can tell you so much about your health. The problem is fitness wearables can tell the same things to a lot of other people, from marketers to identity thieves.

Payton offered several suggestions on how to do it yourself:

  • Give the device a name that is not your actual name.
  • Assign your device and corresponding account strong passwords that are unique to each.
  • Tedious or not, read the privacy policy. Most spell out how your data can be used. Then make sure your privacy settings don’t broadcast your whereabouts when using it.

“Many devices are designed to be open and social, and you may be shouting out your personal details and data unwittingly,” she said.

Spiezle suggested it may be time to shame the industry into providing better security. “In meetings last week a major brand told me the cost to protect the device would be 11 cents and potentially impact battery life as a reason to not make a change,” he said. “This is like Ford not willing to protect the gas tank in the Pinto.”


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