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FitBit raises privacy concerns
September 2, 2014 - Andrea Johnson
Sorry, but it's not my employer's business how much I weigh or how often I go to the gym.
If they want to pay less for health insurance, employees at oil company BP apparently have to wear a fitness-tracking bracelet from the company FitBit, Inc. The bracelet keeps track of how many steps in a day the employee takes, proving how active he is.
It's a voluntary program and one that pleases some of the employees quoted in the story that ran yesterday on the Bloomberg News Service. Some of the employees have lost weight, improved their blood pressure and see the bracelet as a motivator for staying on their exercise programs. Other companies and insurers have similar programs.
But I still say there's something mighty creepy about giving your boss or your insurance company a window into your exercise routine. The potential loss of privacy is huge, as is the potential for Big Brother to start requiring this of everyone who has insurance. And, considering that the United States now requires every person in the land to have insurance, that is every one of us.
What would you say if your employer started requiring you to wear a fitness tracking bracelet every day?
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