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Fitness Tracking Apps And Devices Raise Privacy Concerns

The Washington Post’s The Switch: Privacy Advocates Warn Of ‘Nightmare’ Scenario As Tech Giants Consider Fitness Tracking
Fitness tracking apps and devices have gone from an early adopter novelty to a staple of many users' exercise routines during the past few years -- helping users set goals and measure progress over time. Some employers even offer incentives, including insurance discounts, when workers sign up. … But as several major tech companies appear poised to disrupt that landscape, privacy advocates warn that consumers aren't always aware of how sensitive the data the apps collect can be or what privacy protections exist. And changes in the privacy policy of Moves, a fitness tracking app recently acquired by Facebook, have only amplified those fears (Peterson, 5/19). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.