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Nike+ FuelBand: Possibly a Big Security Hole For Your Life 162

Posted by Soulskill
from the youtube-generation-wouldn't-even-flinch dept.
MojoKid writes "Nike+ FuelBand is a $149 wristband with LED display that tracks your daily activity, tells you how many calories you've burned, lets you know how much fuel you have left in the tank, and basically keeps track of 'every move you make.' If you think that sounds like a privacy nightmare waiting to happen, it pretty much is. A source directly connected to Nike reported an amusing, albeit startling anecdote about a guy who got caught cheating on his girlfriend because of the Nike+ FuelBand. 'They shared their activity between each other and she noticed he was active at 1-2AM, when he was supposed to be home.' That's just one scenario. What if the wristband gets lost or stolen? How much data is actually stored on these sorts of devices? And remember, you're syncing it to the cloud with an iOS or Android app."
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Nike+ FuelBand: Possibly a Big Security Hole For Your Life

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  • by Sun (104778) <shachar@shemesh.biz> on Sunday November 11, 2012 @01:42AM (#41947769) Homepage

    Most of these "privacy concern" articles are things that can be handled by simply going home to your wife and kids when you are supposed to. Sounds like a lot of folks with these "privacy concerns" are just trying to hide their marital affairs.

    Or, the way law enforcement usually phrase this, "if you are doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide".

    While I agree with the original commenter that this story is lame, because people see exactly what is logged, this comment is precisely why privacy matters.

    Giving up privacy means pushing people toward conformity. Everyone are pressured to behave the same, because any deviation from what is normal is immediately shown to everyone. This means complete stagnation.

    I have never cheated on a partner. Furthermore, I have had a partner cheat on me, and the feeling is horrid. Having said that, a society in which cheating is impossible is not one I would like to live in.

    Shachar

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