A woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania was convicted of making a false police report based on Fitbit tracking data. Essentially, police used the woman’s Fitbit to show that she was awake and on the move during the period in which she told police she was asleep. The idea that mobile data — whether that data is from a Fitbit, other smartwatch, or smartphone — is being used by police is not surprising. Nevertheless, it’s important to recognize what data our gadgets track and how easy it is for that data to be extracted.
This topic relates to Apple’s recent stance against creating a backdoor to iOS. Our devices track a myriad of information, including health data, location, and financial information. It’s incredibly important to keep this information secure, particularly when it can be accessed by simply plugging the device into a laptop.