Our Continued Commitment To Data Privacy and Security
We’re excited about the next step in achieving our vision of making the world healthier. Fitbit has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google.
Read the full press release here.
What does the acquisition of Fitbit by Google mean for me and my Fitbit data?
For the immediate future, nothing changes.
You, our users, are at the center of everything we do, and it’s important that you know that your trust is central to our mission and has been since day one. This will not change by joining Google. We are committed to the same strong data privacy and security protections. You will be in control of your personal data, and we will remain transparent about the data we collect and why. We never sell your personal information, and Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads.
Does Google currently control my Fitbit data?
No, for the immediate future, nothing changes. Fitbit has not yet joined Google. Our agreement to be acquired by Google is just the first step in a process. The transaction is expected to close in 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Fitbit’s stockholders and regulatory approvals.
How will my personal data be handled after Fitbit joins Google?
We are committed to strong data privacy and security protections. This will not change by joining Google. You will be in control of your personal data, and we will remain transparent about the data we collect and why.
Will Google use my Fitbit data for advertising?
Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads.
Additional information and where to find it
In connection with the proposed acquisition, Fitbit will file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a preliminary and definitive proxy statement. Promptly after filing the definitive proxy statement, Fitbit will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to the stockholders of Fitbit. FITBIT’S STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) CAREFULLY WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Stockholders of Fitbit will be able to obtain a free copy of these documents, when they become available, at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov or free of charge at www.Fitbit.com.
Additionally, Fitbit will file other relevant materials in connection with the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google pursuant to the terms of an Agreement and Plan of Merger, by and among Fitbit, Google and Magnoliophyta Inc. (the “Merger Agreement”). Fitbit and its directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Fitbit stockholders in connection with the proposed acquisition. Stockholders of Fitbit may obtain more detailed information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of certain of Fitbit’s executive officers and directors in the solicitation by reading Fitbit’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on March 1, 2019 and the proxy statement for Fitbit’s 2019 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 11, 2019. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by going to Fitbit’s Investor Relations website at www.Fitbit.com. Information concerning the interests of Fitbit’s participants in the solicitation, which may, in some cases, be different than those of Fitbit’s stockholders generally, will be set forth in the definitive proxy statement relating to the proposed transaction when it becomes available.
This communication contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that involve risks and uncertainties. In some cases, you can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of terms such as “expect,” “will,” “continue,” or similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: any statements regarding the expected timing of the completion of the transaction; the ability of Google and Fitbit to complete the proposed transaction considering the various conditions to the transaction, some of which are outside the parties’ control, including those conditions related to regulatory approvals; the expected benefits and costs of the proposed transaction; any statements concerning the expected development or competitive performance relating to Fitbit’s products and services; any statements regarding Google’s future intention with Fitbit; any other statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. A number of important factors and uncertainties could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements, including without limitation: the failure to satisfy any of the conditions to the consummation of the proposed transaction, including the adoption of the Merger Agreement by Fitbit’s stockholders and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Fitbit related to the Merger Agreement or the proposed transaction; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction; the occurrence of a Company Material Adverse Effect (as defined in the Merger Agreement); and other risks that are described in the reports of Fitbit filed the SEC, including but not limited to the risks described in Fitbit’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, and that are otherwise described or updated from time to time in other filings with the SEC. Fitbit assumes no obligation to update the information in this communication, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.