By Gregg Stebben, Men’s Health
WASHINGTON — A day after California was hit by its strongest earthquake in 25 years, the Jawbone company, which makes a fitness band called UP, announced they could tell how far from the the epicenter the quake was felt, just by studying sleep data from thousands of their users.
Does this concern you? Maybe it should.
Someone is collecting lots of data about you, and in the wrong hands it could be devastating.
What if your employer or insurance company got their hands on your fitness or sleep data? Could they raise your rates, or fire you, if they didn’t like how and when you sleep and get exercise?
Wow, you really like to party on Friday night. Or maybe you’re sober, but you’ve been braking a little too hard. You’re fired. And now you’re uninsured, too.
So, you’ve been reading Rush Limbaugh’s most recent book, or Al Gore’s latest book, or “Fifty Shades of Grey”? Here at XYZ Company, we really don’t approve of that. Please stop by HR to pick up your last check.
Nope, I don’t read them very carefully either.
So when they change their policy and it says they can now share our data with anyone they want, we probably won’t know, since we didn’t read the fine print for ourselves.
(See below for how you can protect yourself, without getting a law degree and trying to read every word of the fine print for yourself.)
So, what can you do about it? Here are a few painful options:
With all the sharing via social media, my suggestion is, “think before you tweet.”
After all, once you tweet something, or post it on Facebook or Instagram or as a comment on your favorite website, it may stay there forever to haunt you.