Nike+ FuelBand: One Big Security Hole For Your Life – HotHardware

Exercise is important, theres no disputing that. Its especially critical if, like us, you spend hours each day plopped in front of a computer screen hammering out hardware reviews, TPS reports, or whatever. Activity is key to a healthy lifestyle, but how do you know if youre doing enough? In the old days, a mirror and scale would keep track of your progress. And today? Healthy living monitor gadgets like the Nike+ FuelBand are finding an audience among the health nuts, nouveau techno-geeks, and the upwardly connected set. But what you may not realize is that, as cool as these gadgets purport to be, you may be signing up for more than you bargained for.

Thats certainly the case with the Nike+ FuelBand, a $149 wristband with LED display that tracks your daily activity, tells you how many calories youve burned, lets you know how much fuel you have left in the tank seriously, 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.

We were discussing the product with a source directly connected to Nike and he told us 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,” our source told us.

via Nike+ FuelBand: One Big Security Hole For Your Life – HotHardware.


7 thoughts on “Nike+ FuelBand: One Big Security Hole For Your Life – HotHardware

  1. I’m not very familiar with the Nike+ Fuel but I really don’t see it as being that much of a privacy issue or at least not as much as anything else. First off the product is pretty expensive so that limits the amount of users and creates a pretty niche demographic of whose going to buy it. People who like to exercise and are pretty knowledgeable about technology. So they have some idea of what their getting their selves into. You can control who sees the information that is collected about you within the app. The article mentions that you might be bring a bad guy right to you but I don’t see where it keeps your address or where it says that you are leaving the house. You can be active and workout inside the house. To me its no worse than Facebook or Foursquare.

  2. This article is a little concerning. It’s not the price of the actual Nike+ FuelBand it’s the fact that it tracks your every move and can relay that to other people. The example that was given in the article wasn’t the best example. What if someone takes this to a whole new level and tracks every move of their significant other? It doesn’t even have to be a significant other it seems like if anyone got ahold of this then they could track another person at ease. This seems to definitely invade a persons privacy rights. Nike should have to fix this to where their every move can’t be tracked like that.

  3. I think I understand what it means as a hole in your security. In South Korea, there was mobile application call “Do you trust me?”. It’s an app that allows you to track other registered phone number’s GPS location to track where other friends were (mostly it was between boyfriends, girlfriends). The app was removed later due to the privacy issue and personal life issue. The idea of Nike+ fuelband or other similar products are to help the user with the exercise, however, something have to be done to secure the privacy of the users.

  4. After reading this article, I have no second thoughts about saying that the Nike+ Fuel band is perfectly ethical. The people who are buying this wristband have to pay 150 dollars, which is a pretty hefty sum of money and I don’t see how someone would be unaware about what can be shared to each other. Overall, i believe that people should be more aware of what they are buying before they can call a product unethical.

  5. The Nike+ Fuel band is a good idea and is meant to do more good then harm. The device was created to help a person to improve there personal health. The device did its jobs, it is suppose to track all your movements. The lack of awareness of how the technology works is the users fault. As technology evolves and more and more user data will be collected it is up to the users of the technology to be aware of the possible risks or outcomes from using a technology such as a fuel band. No one forced him to share his Nike+ information. When using a technology such as this it is up to the user to protect there data, and become more aware of the features of the technology they choose to use.

  6. After I read the article, I think it is interesting because with the technology we have now, a band on people’s wrist can be considered as a privacy issue. I think the basic idea that the Nike+ Fuel band is designed to help people keep track on their daily activities, like jogging. However, personally I do not find any privacy related issues here with this kind of new band. The only thing this band is recording is the calories you have burned. Thus, there is nothing privacy here. Besides, people are the one who choose to share their information through the Nike+ ID or whatever. Thus, I think there is nothing to do with the band itself.

  7. Unless Nike is selling the data gathered by the Nike+ Fuel bands to companies unmentioned I do not see the sharing of the information collected by it being unethical. Not only are you purchasing the brand for some specific use I feel that you take on the responsibilities of keeping your information just as secure as the company that makes them.

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