In 2016 Open Effect, a Canadian not-for-profit that conducts research and advocacy focused on ensuring personal data is treated securely, released a report on their findings from a year long look into the security and privacy of emerging wearable technology such as fitness watches.

The research project was led by Open Effect, in association with the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, and funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. This research initiative is a good example of public policy and resources being used to look out for the interests of Canadians, and others all around the world who are using new technology devices, and now have more comprehensive and credible information with which to make personal decisions.

A summary of Open Effect’s key technical findings can be viewed in the article Every Step You Fake: A Comparative Analysis of Fitness Tracker Privacy and Security on their website, or the entire report can be downloaded.

The Toronto Star also carried an article entitled Fitness trackers put users’ health data at risk, study suggests.