Every Step You Fake

Submitted by ub on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 15:35

Citizen Lab research partner Open Effect today announced the release of the full report detailing our year-long research collaboration into the privacy and security of wearable fitness tracking devices.

All studied fitness trackers except the Apple Watch were vulnerable to Bluetooth MAC address surveillance

Some applications failed to use transit-level security for one or more data transmissions, leaving user data exposed.

Others routinely sent out the user’s precise geolocation for reasons not made obvious to the user.

Fitness tracking companies gave themselves broad rights to utilize and, or sell consumer’s fitness data.

Data collected by fitness tracking companies did not match with what can be obtained through an access request.

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