People throw away their Fitbits because of privacy concerns after Google announces a $ 2.1 billion buyout from the portable technology company
- Google purchased the San Francisco wearables company on November 1
- However, some Fitbit users are concerned about how the company will handle data
- In a blog post, Google promised not to sell or use health data for advertisements
If Twitter is something to follow, the last steps that many Fitbits have measured over the past week have been taken to the final resting place of the fitness trackers – the trash can.
Unfortunate Fitbit users have announced that they have thrown away the devices due to privacy issues following the purchase by Google of the activity tracking company on November 1.
Fitbit Inc., based in San Francisco, which has 28 million users worldwide for its gadgets, was purchased for $ 2.1 billion (£ 1.6 billion).
In response, many Fitbit users threatened to switch to other wearables – including smart watches from competitors Apple and Garmin.
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Unfortunate Fitbit users announced that they had thrown away the devices due to privacy issues after Google's purchase of the activity tracking company. Pictured, the Fitbit Versa 2
Unfortunate Fitbit users threatened to switch to rival trackers such as those from Apple and Garmin
HOW DO FITNESS TRACKERS WORK?
Fitness trackers such as Fitbits or smart watches follow the heartbeat with the help of a technique called photo poplethy.
The tracker sends green light through the skin that is partially absorbed by arteries.
As you train, these arteries expand as blood flow increases – meaning more green light is absorbed rather than reflected back to the tracker.
The tracker estimates your heart rate by seeing how much light is reflected back.
The amount of light that goes back through the skin to the tracker can be influenced by the amount of melanin in the skin and any tattoos.
& # 39; It seems impossible, but #Google is going to dramatically expand its obscene # surveillance program & # 39 ;, wrote Robert Epstein of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology.
& # 39; It buys #Fitbit to track our sleep, activity, exercise, heart rate and more. Fitbit does not use such information to manipulate us; Google will. #Be scared. & # 39;
& # 39; My @Fitbit goes in the trash – whose is @Garmin? & # 39; Twitter user Janet Duffy replied.
Meanwhile, Claire Alexander wrote: & # 39; My @Fitbit Charge3 is now in the trash. Request for deletion of data / account made. & # 39;
& # 39; Do you really think your UK customers will have #trust or will accept @Google FFS, seriously! & # 39;
& # 39; Let's see how the # EUdata position unfolds … #applewatch here I come & # 39;
Both Fitbit and Google have responded quickly to the negative reactions of these users.
"Strong privacy and security guidelines have been part of Fitbit & # 39; s DNA since day one, and this will not change," said Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park.
& # 39; The company never sells personal information and Fitbit health and wellness information is not used for Google ads. & # 39;
The former Fitbit fans threatened to switch to other wearables instead – including the smart watches of competitors Apple and Garmin
& # 39; My @Fitbit Charge3 is now in the trash. Request for deletion of data / account made. Do you really think your UK customers will have #trust or will accept @Google FFS, seriously! & # 39; Claire Alexander wrote
"Strong privacy and security guidelines have been part of Fitbit & # 39; s DNA since day one, and this will not change," says Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park. & # 39; The company never sells personal information and Fitbit health and wellness data is not used for Google ads & # 39;
At the end of last week, a Google manager discussed these concerns in a blog and said:
& # 39; With wearables we will be transparent about the data we collect and why & # 39 ;, Google's vice president Rick Osterloh wrote in a blog post.
& # 39; We will never sell personal information to anyone. Fitbit health and wellness data is not used for Google ads & # 39 ;, he added.
& # 39; We give Fitbit users the choice to view, move or delete their data. & # 39;
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