Your Jawbone can share your location and your fitness app can leak your data


You already knew your smartphone was tracking you, but now it turns out that your location and other data can be tracked from your wearable devices such as fitness trackers or smart watches — even if you don’t connect to the internet directly. A Symantec research paper released Wednesday outlined the privacy dangers that wearables and fitness tracking apps present, arguing that the effort to quantify yourself throws off a lot of highly personal data that can potentially be shared.

The study found that Bluetooth was culpable in sharing location information, much like Wi-Fi shares people’s location information by shouting out the networks it has connected to in the past and allowing a malicious actor (or data collection company) to figure out who a person is based on where they connect. We wrote about the City of London coming down on a maker of a connected trashcan for behaving like…

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