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Fitness Site Accidentally Shows Sexual Activity 297

Posted by samzenpus
from the private-numbers dept.
smitty777 writes "FitBit is a wearable device created to track calorie usage based on activities. Unfortunately for some users, one of those is sexual activities. The information gained from the device is uploaded to the users online web account, which is searchable by Google. From the article: 'Yikes. Users of fitness and calorie tracker Fitbit may need to be more careful when creating a profile on the site. The sexual activity of many of the users of the company’s tracker and online platform can be found in Google Search results, meaning that these users’ profiles are public and searchable.'" It's just a matter of time before a line gets crossed and a relationship gets ruined by trying to post the largest Fitbit numbers for the evening.
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Fitness Site Accidentally Shows Sexual Activity

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  • Problem (Score:4, Insightful)

    by cgeys (2240696) on Friday July 08, 2011 @08:50AM (#36693776)
    Problem isn't the sexual activity. Problem is the mindset that people have about it, teached by religions for hundreds of years. When people can finally put that past them and accept that, just like for them, sexual activity is a normal human function there is no need to worry about stuff like this. Then it would be the same as posting on your Facebook wall how good your breakfast was. People would just be bored about it.
    • Re:Problem (Score:5, Funny)

      by ccguy (1116865) on Friday July 08, 2011 @08:53AM (#36693816) Homepage
      Well, I can see a problem with sexual activity if my wife's FitBit's numbers aren't equal or a subset or mine. And I'm not religious.
      • by flibbidyfloo (451053) on Friday July 08, 2011 @08:57AM (#36693862)

        Well, I can see a problem with sexual activity if my wife's FitBit's numbers aren't equal or a subset or mine. And I'm not religious.

        What if hers are a super-set of yours because she masturbates more than you? Is that a problem? I mean, besides reflecting poorly on your skills as a lover.

      • by Abstrackt (609015) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:01AM (#36693930)

        It just means she likes to "work out" more than you. ;)

      • by rgviza (1303161) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:20AM (#36694212)
        your wife may burn a different number of calories than you since one partner may be doing more work than the other depending on sexual position.
    • by ElectricTurtle (1171201) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:00AM (#36693904)
      If you'll pardon the expression, amen. Though I think we're going to have to wait at least until the Millennials replace the Boomers, probably longer, before we see pervasive social change.

      It's rather ironic actually, a lot of Millennials grew up in stereotypical picket fence households where parents went out of their way to keep anything remotely sexual away from their children. Now that generation is, to some degree, hiding their sexuality from their parents but less so from each other. I only hope they learn their lesson and are equally as open with subsequent generations.
    • Re:Problem (Score:5, Insightful)

      by iceperson (582205) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:08AM (#36694046)
      Taking a dump is a normal human function too. I'm not sure that I'd like people to be able to google my every bowel movement.

      Just because something is "normal" doesn't mean it should be done in public.
    • Re:Problem (Score:4, Insightful)

      by jellomizer (103300) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:09AM (#36694064)

      Besides religion there are other good reasons why you don't want that information to be public. Sexual activity is a private thing, and should be kept that way.
      1. Showing that you have too much or two little says things about your private life that you may not want to be public. Eg. You got onto an argument that day, or get other worried that your relationship is failing.

      2. If you are trying to have children, you may not want to let the public know this until it is fact. As this could effect ones personal career.

      3. It makes it unconfortable for those who are not getting some.

      • by ElectricTurtle (1171201) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:28AM (#36694326)
        I find these reasons rather hollow. Privacy isn't really much of a choice if society punishes voluntary public exposure.

        Further, problems professionally with having children are not an argument for privacy but characterize a fundamental flaw with society that needs to be fixed. Yes, pregnancy is bad for business, but every company that talks out of both sides of its mouth needs to be taught a lesson. Either come out and just say 'we don't support working mothers because we are selfish assholes' and deal with the backlash from customers who withdraw their support (funny, that), or make it a policy to be supportive of working mothers. It would even be possible in the latter case to try to get more customers through publicizing that positive aspect.

        Lastly, the jealousy of strangers is the dumbest reason not to do something. I know some people are jealous of my house and income, does that mean I should live in a tenement and only take minimum wage? That's idiocy. If my being happy makes other people depressed, fuck them, they need therapy. I don't need to stop being happy to make them happy.
    • by ildon (413912) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:14AM (#36694142)

      No. the problem is when someone is cheating and they input it into their device to track their fitness and their significant other finds out about it through Google. Even without religious hangups or whatever, once you've made a commitment to one person it's wrong to break that commitment.

    • by Eraesr (1629799) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:18AM (#36694190) Homepage
      I think if all taboos surrounding sexuality are gone, it's not as much fun anymore.
      • by Abstrackt (609015) on Friday July 08, 2011 @10:44AM (#36695450)

        I think if all taboos surrounding sexuality are gone, it's not as much fun anymore.

        I strongly disagree. I've seen attitudes towards sex change a lot over the years, for the better, and sex has never been more fun because of it. Porn is becoming more mainstream and higher quality because of its acceptance, I don't have to hide my stash from my wife, you can buy accessories to have sex in any position/location you want and so on. Ten years ago it was near impossible to find good straps for bondage, now you can practically buy them at the grocery store. I think if all taboos surrounding sexuality disappeared a lot more people would start treating it as a damn fine hobby.

    • by operagost (62405) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:36AM (#36694462) Homepage Journal
      No, the problem is privacy, Captain Red Herring. Would you like everyone to know when you defecate or menstruate, too?
    • by dtjohnson (102237) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:46AM (#36694608)

      "Problem isn't the sexual activity. Problem is the mindset that people have about it, teached by religions for hundreds of years. When people can finally put that past them and accept that, just like for them, sexual activity is a normal human function there is no need to worry about stuff like this.

      You could say the same about murder, child labor, infanticide, and denial of comfort to the suffering. The problem is not 'mindset' but that those things are wrong. Sexual activity showing up on FitBit violates privacy and offends dignity but is not otherwise necessarily immoral. However, the alleged sexual activity seems questionable. From TFA: "the Fitbit Tracker is an compact wearable device that clips onto clothing or slips into a pocket..." How exactly is this device functioning as an accelerometer when the user is partially or completely naked (a common state for much sexual activity)?

    • by sorak (246725) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:51AM (#36694666)

      Agreed, but from the company's perspective, it is easier to change your product than to change the mindset of millions* of potential customers.

      * There are billions of people in the world, but I am assuming that the number of people who could afford, and would be interested in, purchasing a device that posts your workout information to a social networking site is significantly lower.

    • by budgenator (254554) on Friday July 08, 2011 @10:28AM (#36695204) Journal

      No the problem is that people without their spouse's knowledge and consent are engaging in activities that they not only vowed not to, but could very easily injure the non-participating spouse. If a Husband and Wife decide that soft swapping, hard swapping or even playing separately is OK in the marriage then fine, prior knowledge and competent informed consent makes a big difference. Most of the time it's simply one person lying and conniving behind the other spouse's back.

  • There's a HUGE difference between "showing" sexual activity as the article suggests and "tracking" it. Correct me if I'm wrong as I had trouble opening the site but was there a video of someone getting it on or just graphs and stuff.
  • by mcvos (645701) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:07AM (#36694036)

    Did that guy from the screenshot in TFA have sexual activity for 4 hours and 15 minutes? FitBit is really good for your stamina, apparently.

  • by ThinkWeak (958195) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:08AM (#36694048)
    I love that the graphic used in the article shows that Jeff had 4 hours and 15 minutes of sexual activity. So maybe those that are away of this searching ability will "pump their numbers" a little bit in the hopes that someone special might see?
  • Fitbit's fault (Score:2, Insightful)

    by maxwell demon (590494) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:09AM (#36694056) Journal

    From the article:

    So why are Fitbit users’ profiles able to be searchable in Google? It’s not really Fitbit’s fault. When you create a profile, the default privacy setting allows profiles to be found in search results (Google, Bing, etc). If you don’t unclick this setting, it will obviously make your profile public for anyone to find.

    It is very clearly Fitbit's fault. This option should be unchecked by default, so that users who don't notice it don't accidentally make their profiles public.

    • I own a Fitbit. It was Fitbit's fault. Apparently, though, nobody at Slashdot thought to actually look at Fitbit's site [fitbit.com]:

      We take the privacy of all Fitbit users very seriously. To address some recent concerns about logged activities of Fitbit users showing up in search engine results, we have taken several immediate steps.

      Some quick background:

      • As you know, Fitbit users can decide voluntarily to log their physical activities. You must do this manually and this information is not collected automatically.
      • When setting up their profiles, users have had the option to make their profile activity records private, though the default setting has been to make this information public.

      As of Sunday [July 3], we have taken the following steps to protect our users’ privacy:

      • All activity records on Fitbit.com were hidden from view from both other users and search engines, no matter what the user’s current privacy setting. We have also updated our default settings for new users for activity sharing to “private.”
      • We submitted requests to Google and Yahoo/Bing to remove any indexed user profile pages from their search engines. As a result, user profile pages and their activity records have already disappeared from Google and should disappear within several days at other search engines. Once removed, previously indexed activity records should not be accessible to the public at all from that search engine.
      • For now, we have removed other personally identifiable information from users’ Fitbit profile pages regardless of privacy settings.

      We are dedicated to making this the best fitness platform possible with users in full control of their data. For many people, sharing information is an important motivator for them to achieve their fitness goals. We will be in touch with our users about new choices they will have when they want to share information.

      James Park

      CEO, Co-Founder, Fitbit

  • by Deadstick (535032) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:18AM (#36694192)

    ...Where do you attach this accelerometer-based apparatus when you're boinking?

    rj

  • by rgviza (1303161) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:21AM (#36694232)
    You know you want to do the Jane Fonda.
  • by bradgoodman (964302) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:48AM (#36694640) Homepage
    I just tried the search indicated in the article. Google returned no search results. Did Google block or scrub it somehow?
  • True story: (Score:4, Funny)

    by MMC Monster (602931) on Friday July 08, 2011 @09:51AM (#36694674)

    I am a cardiologist.

    A young male patient goes to his female primary care doc and tells her that he gets palpitations sporadically. To rule out a suptraventricular tachycardia, she places him on a 24 hour home telemetry monitor. The monitor shows a (normal) fast heart rate at 11pm, so she sends him to me.

    I ask him what he was doing. Apparently his girlfriend thought that the monitor was "hot", so they did it with the monitor on. The patient was too embarrased to tell his primary care, so he was sent to me.

    I wrote in my letter to the primary care that the increased rate was due to "normal physiologic activity".

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