Since Google bought Fitbit, people seem to have fallen into one of two categories: Those who don’t care at all about the privacy implications, and those very much do. For the latter, it means this holiday season is a good chance to jump on sales and buy a replacement smartwatch or tracker. But which one? While Gizmodo does have a pretty great buying guide (curated by yours truly), it features Fitbits in many of the categories. Because let’s face it, privacy concerns aside, Fitbit knows what it’s doing when it comes to hardware. Its software is also super streamlined and easy to use for general tracking. Only, while Fitbits is the shorthand term people use to describe this category of gadgets, they’re not the be-all, end-all. Advertisement A quick aside here: Privacy when it comes to your health data is a lot of smoke and mirrors. All these companies have published their own privacy policies, but many are also complicit in corporate wellness programs with employers and insurers. Using a tracker or smartwatch to monitor your health will require you to at least acknowledge that your information—albeit aggregated and anonymized—will be used for profit. It’s a definite tradeoff, but only… Read full this story
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