Fitbit Crimestoppers

Walk, Path, Walking, Feet, Trail, Shoes

Have you monitored your 10,000 steps now? Has anybody else tracked them?

Possibly the most well-known of those devices (and programs ) would be the FitBit and programs paired with the Apple Watch, but also incorporate the Moov Now, Samsung Gear Fit, Huawei Band, Tom Tom Spark, and about 350 others. The ability to map your moves is among the more fun and appealing features about these devices.

FitBit data helps to capture a possible murderer.

Fitness trackers in less light-hearted conditions can offer evidence in the most serious of cases. The difficulty was that subpoenaed records of her FitBit revealed her busy an hour after the murder was said to have taken place, and that she walked ten times farther then what could have taken her to the now-fictional perp’s view. Alongside other pc, Facebook, and phone evidence, and the fact that Dabate had a pregnant girlfriend that he had been arrested for the offense. As of this writing, Mr. Dabate remains free on a thousand dollars bond.

FitBit information helps an innocent man go free

Her bloodied and nude body was found at a farm area nearby. Signs initially pointed to her boyfriend, Doug Detrie, who had been detained but seemed shocked at the information and protested his innocence. Detrie was held on a yearlong relationship, but the apparent evidence (blood in the car, in the garage, along with a questionable spot on the sole of his shoe) did not hold up (blood in the car was not the victim’sblood in the garage was not a human’s, and the suspicious spot was not blood) so that he was released. Data from Doug’s FitBit revealed he took only about a dozen measures during the time period in which Nicole expired.

Burch’s Android telephone had Google Dashboard data connected with his Gmail accounts that revealed GPS location data leading right to Nicole’s house.

FitBit data used to try to locate a lost person

In July of 2018, Iowa student, Mollie Tibbett went for a run and has not been seen since. Police have obtained her FitBit information in an effort to find her but have not released what they found in that information to the general public. It looks like the geolocation information there was not sufficient to find her. Additional data from her mobile phone and social networking accounts has been sifted for clues, but as of August 6, 2018, there are no reports of her being discovered, although there seem to be individuals of interest. Hopefully place data from her FitBit will eventually help lead researchers to her present location.

FitBit data banned by the army

You may have heard news reports of late that the Army has expressed concern about military movements and safety being compromised by data from fitness trackers and devices such as the Apple Watch. A military officer was quoted as saying,”The moment a soldier puts on a system that could record high-definition sound and video, take photos, and process and transmit information, it is very possible for them to be monitored or to disclose military secrets… The use of wearables with Web access, location information, and voice-calling functions should be regarded as a breach of federal safety regulations when used by military personnel.” But did you know that this information was from May 2015? And did you know that it was a Chinese military official in the Chinese Army paper, the Liberation Army Daily?

In 2013, the DOD distributed 2,500 FitBits to military personnel; in 2015 that the Navy planned to conduct a pilot program to assist the their superiors keep an eye on fitness targets, and”allow Army leaders to monitor their Soldiers’ fitness in real time.”

The info is viewable online, on a mobile device, or by means of the desktop application. Fitbit logs movement and enables users to log additional health data in the app. Fitbit then uses this information to show progress over time.

The director of a companion program, called Strava, helps to map and display maps of readers’ movement utilizing FitBit and other exercise tracking devices. In November 2017, Strava released their International Heat Map of 3 trillion human global GPS data points uploaded in the previous two decades. Zooming in on the maps, as Australian safety pupil Nathan Ruser did, revealed favored trails used in previously undisclosed bases by military physical fitness buffs. Heat map paths around and in Mogadishu could have given possible targets of places frequented by military personnel for Somalian dissidents.

As you may imagine, the Army on August 7, 2018 banned use of geolocation attributes in iPhones, Apple Watch, FitBit and other fitness trackers using the following directive:”Effectively immediately, Defense Department employees are prohibited from using geolocation features and performance on authorities and non-government-issued devices, programs, and services while in places designated as operational areas.” It has not prohibited the possession or use of the apparatus altogether.

There are 3 types of unintended consequences (based on Wikipedia)

As opposed to showing the achievement of an athletic endeavor it rather showed inaction once the crime would have demanded much motion, as with Doug Detrie and Nicole Vander Heyder.

An Unexpected drawback: An unexpected detriment happening in addition to the desirable effect of this policy, like a FitBit showing a supposed victim of a crime rather being the perpetrator as with Richard Dabate along with his spouse.

A Perverse result: A perverse effect against what was initially intended, as when army personnel utilizing a FitBit to keep track of their exercise progress show themselves as potential targets to an adversary.

With any luck, none of these events will become lives of some of my readers.

Keep fit, keep track, but be aware you will be showing more than you mean to.

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