Senator Schumer concerned about privacy of Fitbit users

Updated: 08/11/2014 7:52 AM
Created: 08/11/2014 4:39 AM WHEC.com

A local lawmaker is warning against bracelets and apps meant to help people stay in shape.

Senator Charles Schumer says those using Fitbit bracelets, which track the user's movements, could be in danger of having their private data sold to third parties. Schumer says the fitness bracelets are known for recording the users sleep patterns, weight and other sensitive information. Schumer says this personal information is being sold to the  users employers, health insurance companies and others who could use the information against them. Schumer is asking the Federal Trade Commission to institute rules that would let users known they are being tracked and allow them to opt-out of data sharing.

The senator is also asking companies to adopt stronger policies that would protect consumer information in case of a security breach.

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