US: Google’s Fitbit acquisition sparks privacy concerns for some

Google‘s recent announcement that it is buying Fitbit is leading some users to ditch the device.

“I’m not only afraid of what they can do with the data currently, but what they can do with it once their AI advances in 10 or 20 years,” former user Mike Carpenter told CNBC. “Health insurance companies would love to get their hands on that data and their purposes wouldn’t be advertising, so is that what they are going to do with it? They didn’t spend the money to not utilize it in some way.”

On November 1, Google revealed that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion. The company said it will work with Fitbit’s experts to develop top artificial intelligence (AI), software and hardware to advance wearables technology to benefit people around the world.

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