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Last time I checked you still needed a fitbit account to use the device though.

What are the alternatives ? MS band ? Apple watch ? xiaomi ?

I've asked myself the same thing. After some digging I've found Withings that looks fairly promising:

https://www.withings.com/us/en/pulse-hr https://www.withings.com/us/en/steel-hr-sport

Though they are still gathering a lot of data. It feels better than Fitbit/Google, but I wish they'd spend some time on encryption / privacy.

For example, all the GPS data, that's useful for showing a map of the run and measure the distance, but certainly doesn't need to go on their servers. They should encrypt the GPS points and only send the shape (vector path) to their servers. That would contain info about distance, but not where in the world the person was running.

Similar things could be done for other things.

A vector path is just a jigsaw puzzle piece. There are only so many places in the world where you’d have a certain shape dictated by local streets, footpaths and bridges.

You don't need to sync your data. Delete your account and just write down your daily stats with a pencil if you like. The device will automatically discard old data when it fills up.

I am pretty sure you can't access the dashboard if you are not logged in.

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