Health and fitness apps or wearables are more and more common these days. Everyone seems to be sharing on social media their biking mileage, their running route or the number of steps they took in a day.
Besides the more social aspect of these apps, they also turn out to greatly improve people’s lives, since they help them keep track of their physical and physiological data and motivate others be more active as well. Which is why they can be very useful.
However, many of these apps present important privacy dangers and if you are not careful, your data could end up in the wrong hands! Insurance brokers, for instance, could pay valuable sums to gain access to this precious information.
The numerous security risks and the need for best practices
According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, there are several security and privacy risks associated with wearable fitness trackers.
For this study, the researchers studied eight wrist-worn trackers, and their related apps, among which: Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Charge HR, Garmin Vivosmart, Jawbone UP2, Withings Pulse O2, Xiaomi Mi Band and Mio Fuse.
Worryingly, the research concluded that “the fitness data generated by several wearable devices can be falsified by motivated parties, calling into question the degree to which this data should be relied upon for insurance or legal purposes. This confirms (…) that people could fraudulently input device data.”