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People are throwing away their Fitbits over fears about privacy after Google announces $2.1 billion buyout of the wearable tech company Google purchased the San Francisco-based wearables company on November 1 However some Fitbit users are concerned about how the firm will handle data In a blog post Google promised not to sell health data or use it for advertising

By Ian Randall For Mailonline

Published: 17:54 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 18:45 GMT, 8 November 2019

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If Twitter is anything to go by, the last steps measured by many Fitbits over the past week were taken to the fitness trackers' final resting place — the bin.

Unhappy Fitbit users announced they were ditching the devices over privacy concerns following Google's purchase of the activity tracking firm on November 1.

San Francisco-based Fitbit Inc, which boasts 28 million worldwide users, was purchased for $2.1 billion (£1.6 billion). 

In response, many Fitbit users threatened to switch to other wearables instead — including smart watches made by rivals Apple and Garmin.

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Unhappy Fitbit users announced they were ditching the devices over privacy concerns following Google's purchase of the activity tracking firm. Pictured, the Fitbit Versa 2

Unhappy Fitbit users announced they were ditching the devices over privacy concerns following Google's purchase of the activity tracking firm. Pictured, the Fitbit Versa 2

Unhappy Fitbit users threatened to switch to rival trackers such as those by Apple and Garmin

Unhappy Fitbit users threatened to switch to rival trackers such as those by Apple and Garmin

HOW DO FITNESS TRACKERS WORK? 

Fitness trackers such as Fitbits or smart watches monitor heart rate using a technique called photoplethysmography.

The tracker sends green light through the skin which is partially absorbed by arteries.

As you exercise, these arteries expand as blood flow increases - meaning more green light is absorbed rather than reflected back to the tracker.

The tracker estimates your heart

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