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Why Sen. Chuck Schumer Thinks FitBit Is a ‘Privacy Nightmare’

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:51:21 +0000

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is warning against fitness trackers such as FitBit, citing privacy concerns.

The senator has called on the Federal Trade Commission to regulate the massive quantity of data tracked by wearable 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 on Sunday.

“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,” he said.

FitBit stores data on users’ walking, exercise and sleep habits, encouraging users to reach activity benchmarks, such as 10,000 steps per day. The San Francisco-based company claims its users “take 43% more steps with FitBit.”

A representative for FitBit told Business Insider the company is “committed to our users’ privacy and [welcomes] the opportunity to work with Senator Schumer on this important issue.”


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