Fitbit Privacy Concerns


Recently, there has been a case where data from a fitbit device was used in a court of law. This raises concerns for privacy because a device is not an accurate representative of evidence.

For example, GPS data could reveal that the fitbit device was at the location of a crime scene but there is no information on if the owner was using it at the time.

Therefore a device such as a fitbit cannot be an accurate representative of where we are at any given time.

All of this makes me think of a scenario where someone stages a crime with a stolen fitbit. This will increasingly haunt my mind as there are more devices on the market for exercise and lifestyle. It’s only a matter of time before everyone gets one for recreational use or protection. Children will use it as a way to be tracked by guardians but it’s also ironic in that sense.

What is your opinion? Should we stop using these devices or should we confront these corporations on privacy issues?

2 thoughts on “Fitbit Privacy Concerns

  1. I think in court the device would be used as evidence as you suggested. If there was something to suggest that the defendant was not wearing the device then it would not be treated as proof they were there. However, if the device suggested they were there and there was other evidence to support this, such as a witness, then it would make the evidence stronger against the defendant. I would only worry about it if I was committing crimes, and even if I was I don’t think it would be a big concern.

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