The Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit raises questions about data privacy and antitrust. Fitbit has been collecting health data from users for years and now that Google bought it, Google has access to an unlimited amount of data from users and their possible accurate health situation. This is another reason for people to stop providing their personal information.
Google says it won’t use people’s data to target them with ads but with a history of lying and spying on people, this can’t be trusted. Also, if Google won’t use these information for its advertising system, for what reason will it use them? The acquisition also gives more fodder to regulators who are already scrutinizing whether the company is too big and should be broken up.
If you own a Fitbit device, please stop using it and request an data purge if possible. Some Fitbit devices also use Amazon Alexa virtual assistant which is also dangerous for your privacy rights.