NY Senator Expresses Privacy Concerns Over Fitness Apps

By Lesley Engle

Published 08/11 2014 01:46PM

Updated 08/11 2014 01:51PM

FOX44 & ABC22 News

New York Senator Chuck Schumer has some major concerns about fitness trackers.

Schumer, D-N.Y., says personal data collected by fitness bracelets like ‘FitBit’ can potentially be sold to third parties, like employers, insurance providers and other companies, without the users’ knowledge of consent.

Schumer has called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to regulate fitness devices.

“Personal fitness bracelets and the data they collect on your health, sleep, and location, should be just that – personal.” Schumer said in a statement. “The fact that private health data – rich enough to identify the user’s gait - is being gathered by applications like FitBit and can then be sold to third-parties without the user’s consent is a true privacy nightmare.”

Schumer says the FTC should require fitness devices and app companies to adopt new privacy measures to protect individuals.  

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