The Dark Side of Health Trackers

Say you’ve received a brand-new Fitbit for Christmas to get you started in tracking your exercise routine and reach your fitness goals. Great! However, there might be more going on behind the scenes of you keeping fit with the help of technology than meets the eye… At The Medical Futurist, we’re great fans of wearables (or health trackers) that help you make more informed decisions when it comes to your health. However, we can’t stay indifferent to the potential risks which using these devices entail such as individual tracking, inaccuracies and even supplementing harmful behaviours. Just like the Jedi Order’s Light and Dark side of The Force, health trackers also have contrasting sides akin to the Sith and the Jedi, and you might have unintentionally signed a pact with the dark side already… In hindsight, it might have been a better idea to have asked for a LEGO Millennium Falcon instead… If you were oblivious about the flip side of the health-tracking industry, then join us as we explore the lesser-known, darker side of wearables.  Cyborgs under surveillance While fitness trackers are practically turning us into cyborgs, they are also increasingly allowing us to be tracked in ways we might not be aware of. In an eye-opening piece published last December, the New York Times showed how, by using only a fraction of location data obtained from a location data company mining that information from various apps, they...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health fitness wearables healthcare design fitness trackers digital health sensors Source Type: blogs

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