In a recent segment of Today, police turned to a woman's Fitbit to figure out whether her sexual assault claim was valid. Described as a "landmark case," the authorities were able to prove that the woman's claim was false.
When the district attorney was asked how critical the evidence on the Fitbit was, he replied: "It sealed the deal for us. We had other evidence but the Fitbit made all the difference."
Of course, just like any other personal items, a warrant is needed to investigate.
Like something out of a television show, the segment then tested the accuracy of a Fitbit Surge essentially showing all the data your wearable records including GPS information and heart rate activity.
The district attorney then made it clear this won't be the last time they'll turn towards wearable devices and new gadgets to help solve cases: "When we have technology like Fitbit, we're going to take advantage of it."
While it was successful for this case, and showed just how accurate a fitness tracker can be, it's still an uneasy feeling knowing that a wearable and its wealth of data can be used against you.
Just like the case of Apple against the FBI, there are no easy solutions when it comes to the issues of personal privacy and public security.