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Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbitc, with a catch

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https://www.digitaltrends.com/health-fitness/fitbit-singapore-health-contract-fitness-trackers/

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In an effort to encourage a healthier lifestyle, Singapore’s government has partnered with Fitbit to offer its citizens free fitness trackers.

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The activity band itself, which has a $99 price tag, won’t cost a dime. However, in exchange, users will have to subscribe to Fitbit’s premium coaching service, which costs $10 a month, for a year, according to CNBC. On top of that, Singaporeans will have to agree to share whatever data the Fitbit collects with the country’s health board.

Government is giving away free toy to every Singapore citizen?! You don't say because you have to buy this company subscription to get yourself a free $99 free fitbitch fitness trackers.

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Singapore is a totalitarian country, not sure why that's surprising. Tho I wonder how people view Fitbit after that

 

This is inferior to how the Japanese deal wjth the issue though


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Why do people still buy Fitbits?

They are immensely overpriced for what they are.

I much prefer my Xiaomi Mi Band 3 and it was only £15


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How about no. 

 

I could understand the user keeping all rights to the records and only allowing their physician to look at the data, but I can't see why the health board needs to look at the data in its entirety without it having been used for diagnostics. 

 

Also, paying for the service?! It's a tax at that point!


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7 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

This is inferior to how the Japanese deal wjth the issue though

How is that?


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...enrolled residents will know precisely what data they’re sharing with the government. While participants won’t have an opt-out option specifically for data sharing, enrollment in the program will remain optional.

As a Singaporean I'm more concerned about Fitbit having my data, than the government

 

4 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

Singapore is a totalitarian country...

Uh...

 

$100 is chump change for most Singaporeans... and Fitbit trackers only hold genuine value to people who want to stay fit anyway.

So this thing is practically free for anyone who has the right reason to even want it...


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This is great why doesn't fitbit offers this? free device but you have to subscribe to 12 or 24 month fitbit premium just like mobile phones.

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16 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

Singapore is a totalitarian country, not sure why that's surprising. Tho I wonder how people view Fitbit after that

 

This is inferior to how the Japanese deal wjth the issue though

This is only really related to our health department, since they're the ones who struck the deal with fitbit.


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22 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

Singapore is a totalitarian country, not sure why that's surprising.

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Totalitarianism is a political concept of a mode of government that prohibits opposition parties,

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restricts individual opposition to the state and its claims,

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and exercises an extremely high degree of control over public and private life.

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Totalitarian regimes are often marked by political repression,

  • Pretty mild compared to recent international events
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personality cultism,

  • I couldn't care less about the facebook pages of the ministers
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control over the economy,

  • could argue both ways here
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restriction of speech,

  • lol, don't be a dick.
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mass surveillance

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and widespread use of state terrorism.

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Damn, goes to show how much that data is worth. This is a good idea imo, preventative measures can be encouraged using them and ends being much cheaper for the government even if they have to swallow a big cost now 


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5 minutes ago, FezBoy said:

How is that?

I think there's something like "obese tax" there. Imagine how much money the US government can milk out if they have it :D

 

9 minutes ago, huilun02 said:

Uh...

 

$100 is chump change for most Singaporeans... and Fitbit trackers only hold genuine value to people who want to stay fit anyway.

So this thing is practically free for anyone who has the right reason to even want it

Now that I think of it totalitarian is not the right word, but its government does have a tigher grip on things. In other words, better if the government's good, worse if the government sucks.

 

Btw it's $120, for people who dont want it in the first place

 

2 minutes ago, VegetableStu said:

LOL WHAT

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6 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

Now that I think of it totalitarian is not the right word, but its government does have a tigher grip on things. In other words, better if the government's good, worse if the government sucks.

They're authoritarian, much like the US is becoming. 


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2 hours ago, ARikozuM said:

They're authoritarian, much like the US is becoming. 

Indeed.

 

We've already got political parties, or members of a specific political parties, committing acts of violence and making threats to journalists, for speaking to their opposition.

 

Sad times we live in. I'm curious as to what Singapore has planned for this data. Can't fitbits be used as a GPS tracker?

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43 minutes ago, Trik'Stari said:

Indeed.

 

We've already got political parties, or members of a specific political parties, committing acts of violence and making threats to journalists, for speaking to their opposition.

Nobody wants to own up to it either.

43 minutes ago, Trik'Stari said:

Sad times we live in. I'm curious as to what Singapore has planned for this data. Can't fitbits be used as a GPS tracker?

Fitbits can be used as trackers, but the more likely scenario, if this is for health consciousness of society at large, would be for community events like 1K, 4K, and 10K, or weekly credits for walking with a group, etc. 

 

I would totally be on board for national workout and jogging/cycling groups, especially if there's an incentive (tax deduction or direct income), and if it's coupled with healthy eating programs (not like the food pyramid designed by General f#cking Mills). 


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4 hours ago, yolosnail said:

Why do people still buy Fitbits?

They are immensely overpriced for what they are.

I much prefer my Xiaomi Mi Band 3 and it was only £15

Giving your data and 24/7 location to the chinese is always cheaper

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7 hours ago, ARikozuM said:

They're authoritarian, much like the US is becoming. 

Private message me if you are able to elaborate on your bold statement.

 

I can conjure up in my mind propositions proposed by US elites that support it, but I'd like to know what you mean specifically. 

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If I'm reading this right, then the program is optional, and the tracker costs less than the subscription over the year. So why wouldn't everyone just buy the tracker for 100 bucks?

 

Also, what will they do if you cancel the subscription? Take the bands back by force?


 

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8 hours ago, yolosnail said:

Why do people still buy Fitbits?

They are immensely overpriced for what they are.

I much prefer my Xiaomi Mi Band 3 and it was only £15

People buy them for reasons people here (Such as yourself specifically) cannot perceive or understand coming from better educated standpoints about technology.

 

Half the people who have fitbits won't ever use them for their intended purposes as they'll use it as a fashion accessory, or money status item only to show them the time when they're not on that iPhone they have in there pocket. Hell, I can guarantee to you, those same people won't even know the name Xiami. To them, it is Apple & Samsung - the rest to them are weird.

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