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'What's in your fitbit?'
YOUNGSTOWN, OH-Tracking each step has helped millions of Americans work towards
reaching their fitness goals. But the wearable technology has some
other uses that you need to know about.
Amy, a busy mom with four
children, uses technology that helps her reach fitness goals. She
credits her Fitbit with helping her lose weight over the past year. Her
Fitbit tracks every step, including stairs, heart rate, provides
reminders to go to sleep, and tracks when she sleeps. It even notifies
Amy about who is texting or calling her.
Many people are unaware that police and attorneys have also used the data from Fitbit and tracking devices to track the truth.
Pennsylvania, detectives in East Lampeter used data from a Fitbit
device to prove a woman fibbed when she claimed someone broke into the
house and raped her. The district attorney used data to show she was
actually walking around allegedly staging a crime scene, at the time she
claimed, she had been sleeping.
Attorney Matthew Mangino with
LGKG Law Firm in New Castle says user beware. Mangino said, "Police can
come back later with a search warrant, or a civil trial attorney can get
a subpoena and get access to your information and use your history
He points out if you are wrongly accused the
technology could help clear you. Or if you are injured in an accident or
on the job the information could show how active you were prior to that
accident. Attorney Mangino said, "Obviously if you lie you might be
exposed, but if you are telling the truth, you might also have
documentation to your truthful assertion."
company’s state information is confidential, however laws require
companies to comply with subpoenas and court orders.
loves how her Fitbit helps her reach fitness goals, told 21 News that
she will continue to use the technology, and emphasized one should not
have problems if they're honest.