Today, we are pleased to announce the release of our full report detailing our year-long research project into the privacy and security of wearable fitness tracking devices.
Location data is about where you are and where were at given points in time. We are increasing our reliance on apps and services that track our movements over time for benefits such as convenience, better city planning, and self-improvement. Our location at a given moment is one the most sensitive pieces of data. Open Effect aims to investigate how these data are used and what safeguards are in place.
This report describes major security and privacy issues in several leading wearable fitness tracking devices and accompanying mobile applications.
I’m excited to announce that Open Effect is among the recipients of The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s 2015-16 Contributions Program. The program seeks to fund independent Canadian privacy and security research. Over the next year, we will research the privacy and security of a range of wearable fitness trackers.