Privacy Commissioner’s Office to fund OE project

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. Here are some of the questions we’ll be looking into:

What data do the devices collect? How and where is data stored, and what security measures protect data at rest? How, to whom, and under what security measures, is data transmitted from a device, to a phone, and / or to cloud services or third parties? What practices are described in a device / service’s privacy policy? How do fitness device companies respond to requests for access to personal information?

We’re excited to start this project and post updates as we make progress.