A tech company whose name and logo were once synonymous with wearable computing has been slapped with a $2.7 million lawsuit in a New York federal court for allegedly violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
The lawsuit alleges that Fitbit, founded by former Apple engineer Tony Fadell, violated the Computer Fraud, Abuse and Safety Act by allowing its devices to be sold with the software that makes them more secure.
Fadell filed the suit last week in Manhattan Federal Court against Fitbit for allegedly deceiving consumers about the safety of its wearable computer.
Fitbit has denied the allegations and said it is “committed to improving our products.”
Fitbit’s products are made of metal and glass, and the company sells the devices in black and white.
In the suit, FadeLL alleges that he was duped by Fitbit into giving the company’s smartphone app permission to download the Android Wear software that the company was supposed to install on his Fitbit Watch.
That allowed the Fitbit software to access the phone’s GPS system and track him, Fadesll alleged.
The suit also alleges that Fadella’s Fitbit device was stolen, and that Fitbits software was installed on the phone that had been stolen.
The case is one of several filed against Fitbits products by the government in recent years.
Earlier this month, Fitbit agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit in California that accused the company of deceiving the public about its fitness trackers.
Fitbits CEO Marc Newson said the lawsuit was filed because Fitbit needs to “do better” and that “this kind of behavior is unacceptable.”