fitbit chuck schumer fts Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the Federal Trade Commission to pressure companies who develop the devices to create some sort of opt-out feature that would prohibit any potential sale of collected data to third parties.

 

You might not be the only one tracking how many steps you took today with your Fitbit.

 

 

Sen. Chuck Schumer sounded the alarm Monday on personal devices that collect fitness and health data as a potential "privacy nightmare."

 

"If companies of fitness devices have the ability to sell personal health data to insurers, employers and others, users should be alerted and given the opportunity to decline," Schumer said in a statement.

 

The senator called on the Federal Trade Commission to pressure companies who develop the devices to create some sort of opt-out feature that would prohibit any potential sale of collected data to third parties.

While there are currently no laws on the books preventing such transactions of consumer information, the FTC previously expressed concern about the lack of explicit privacy measures.

Schumer called the devices positive and conducive to healthier living, but a back door to intrusion without federal guidelines.

"Personal fitness bracelets and the data they collect on your health, sleep, and location, should be just that – personal," he added.

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