I’m really not clear why the hell a fitness application needs to be able to read who is calling me and to be able to track my outbound phone calls.

Thus far I’ve spoken via Twitter with their mobile developer, who says that the permissions request is an error on his part. I’ve also gone back and forth – repeatedly – with Fitbit’s technical support team. The first response wasn’t in parseable English, and the subsequent messages haven’t clarified why this particular permission is needed.

So, after several days of trying to learn why Fitbit is requesting these Android permissions – and what data they’re collecting – I’m not really any closer to understanding the situation than I was when I started this whole process. I’m thinking that it’s about time to exercise my rights as a Canadian and start requesting copies of all data that the company has captured about me….and then see if they’re willing to comply with Canadian privacy laws.

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