Except in rare cases, information generated from wearable devices falls outside the scope of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which was intended to protect the confidentiality of healthcare data. (Photo by Thinkstock.)
Consumers are more tech-savvy and results-oriented than ever before, so perhaps it’s no surprise that wearables rank among the hottest forecasted fitness trends for 2017. Yet a new American University study warns against the devices’ potentially unprecedented privacy risks. In a report published Dec. 15, researchers with American University and the Center for Digital Democracy cited a lack of regulatory systems as the primary reason for why consumers’ personal health data ...
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