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Fitness trackers are leaking lots of your data, study finds

Peter Sayer | Feb. 3, 2016
Flaws in data security will also limit the usefulness of wearables' data for health insurers and courts.

The authors are still working on the parts of their report dealing with policy implications, but noted that the significance of the security flaws depends on the jurisdiction where the fitness trackers are used. While the trackers are not considered medical devices, and thus escape the most stringent aspects of U.S. privacy law, the data they generate is considered personal information under European data protection law and so ought to be protected, the researchers said.

 

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