Fitbit to change policies

Fitbit to change policies

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A model displays a wristband device "Fitbit Flex" and a smartphone as Japan's mobile operation giant Softbank announces the launch of the new health care service in Tokyo on May 7, 2013. The Fitbit Flex monitors data through a pedometer, calorie consumption and hours of sleep and transfers the information to a smartphone to maintain the user's health. Softbank is expecting to start the service from this summer. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 27 at 1:20 PM

AP) — Some tekkie types who want their bodies to be as fit as their minds use the wearable device Fitbit to keep track of their movements in the gym other places where they work out. But A U.S. Senator is calling Fitbit out for helping other companies keep track of users.

Charles Schumer of New York had asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the policy of selling the data received from such fitness monitors -- and the apps that are linked to them.

After the complaint, Fitbit says it has changed its practice of selling out such personal data to advertisers. Schumer says that the makers of other tracking devices should follow suit.

The company issued the following response Wednesday:

“As the market leader in connected health and fitness, we have always been committed to protecting consumer privacy and keeping data safe.  

 We have spent the last several months updating our privacy policy to clarify our practices and provide transparency for our customers. While our policy was updated, our practices have not changed. It has always been our policy not to sell user data; we have never sold personal data and we do not share personal data unless a user specifically directs us to do so, or under the limited exceptions described in our privacy policy http://www.fitbit.com/privacy. 

 We are pleased that Senator Schumer has recognized Fitbit as a leader for user data privacy practices.”

 

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