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

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 YesIAmAScript ( 886271 ) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @12:08AM (#41947477)

    Yes. It keeps track of what you're doing. You know this because you can see the data it captures.

    And yes, if you share what you're doing with someone else, they might notice you aren't doing what you're supposed to be doing.

    I don't understand the constant alarmism.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 11, 2012 @12:20AM (#41947535)

    In this case I have to agree. Total non-story.

  • This is FUD (Score:5, Informative)

    by DesertBlade ( 741219 ) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @12:23AM (#41947543)
    I actually own a Fuelband, unlike to poster and the original story. It is basically a pedometer, sensing motion, nothing else. No or any other thing to guide them to my house. It sends information to the cloud, but has a lot less info than facebook. You can actually sign up for an account its free and see how little is actually stored. I be more worried about the data on my phone or in my wallet, both which will lead someone to my house, than on this thing.
  • by aurizon ( 122550 ) <bill@jackson.gmail@com> on Sunday November 11, 2012 @12:24AM (#41947547)

    It is a high end pedometer, that you can link to friends, total stairs climbed etc, quite good actually. Operates on low power wifi as well as a charging dock, runs for 7-10 days between charges.

    Best you read about it here. http://www.fitbit.com/home [fitbit.com]

  • Re:Just desserts? (Score:5, Informative)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Sunday November 11, 2012 @01:16AM (#41947705) Homepage Journal

    I'd pay $150 for a wristband that could ONLY tell me accurately how many calories I've burned.

    Well, this can't do that [nytimes.com]. In fact, it can't do much of anything.

  • by kheldan ( 1460303 ) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @02:33PM (#41950791) Journal
    You cannot even begin to accurately gauge calories burned merely from the available data of movement, gender, age, height and weight. I've seen some heart rate monitor watches that allow you to enter your VO2Max (the measurement of how much oxygen your blood can transport) into it to increase the accuracy, but even then there are still broad assumptions made, making the calories burned a highly inaccurate number. Some of you may be familiar with treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers, and other equipment at your local gym that purport to tell you how many calories you burned while using them; they are so grossly inaccurate as to be utterly useless, and worse, report their inaccurate guesses way on the high side, to keep you motivated to use their machine, thinking you're doing much better at burning off excess fat than you really are. This "technology" from Nike has to be at least as bad at guessing calories burned than even the treadmill at the gym, likely worse. Now, realizing this, you come to understand that all you're doing by wearing this is allowing your activity to be tracked. I assume there is a website you upload the data to? All it needs now is a GPS receiver's data, and you have fairly complete tracking of your activities, 24 hours a day; for arguments' sake, we'll say that your smartphone, which most people have attached to them like an appendage, has a GPS receiver you can't turn off (which in most cases you can't). Why would you do this voluntarily? As described in the featured article someone has already had their life affected in a negative way by this device. My advice to anyone who owns this device right now is to destroy it immediately.

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