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How to Lock Down Your Health and Fitness Data


Added 11-17-19 08:06:02am EST - “Apps like FitBit and Apple Health collect some of the most sensitive data you have. Here's how to control what they can see, and what they can do with it.” - Wired.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Wired.com: “How to Lock Down Your Health and Fitness Data”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apps like FitBit and Apple Health collect some of the most sensitive data you have. Here's how to control what they can see, and what they can do with it.

Whether you're a Fitbit user worried about Google's recent $2.1 billion purchase of the company or just generally privacy conscious, you should pay attention to where your health and fitness data goes, and who has access. It's among the most sensitive data you have.

While you unfortunately can't control where all of your health information goes—as a Google partnership with Ascension, the nation's second-largest health system, has unfortunately proved—you can still dedicate a few minutes to health data audit, making sure your calorie burns and step counts are completely private. Or if not, that they're only shared by choice.

It shouldn't take long, and it follows the same principles as any other data privacy audit: Check which data is being collected, which parts of it are public, and how many of your apps can access to it.

We can't cover every single fitness app out there, but these are the main players. If you're using something else, you should be able to use a similar process to check what information is being logged and how it's being used.

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