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Fitness Data for Corporate Health Programs Raises Privacy Concerns

Fitness trackers have not only become a prominent part of everyday life, but also a big part of corporate wellness programs. Since fitness watches and health tracking phone apps have risen in popularity, companies have started to integrate these technologies into their wellness programs.  Companies are now creating goals for their employees to complete using a fitness activity tracker and rewarding them with such things as contributions towards a Health Savings Account. Third-party providers generally facilitate these programs, and share data collected with the company to ensure the employee was indeed successful. This raises legal concerns regarding privacy rights of an employees’ health data. To learn more about these concerns, read our blog on Transitions in Employment.