May 192014
 
 May 19, 2014  Business

Andrea Peterson reports:

Fitness tracking apps and devices have gone from an early adopter novelty to a staple of many users’ exercise routines during the past few years — helping users set goals and measure progress over time. Some employers even offer incentives, including insurance discounts, when workers sign up.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of evolution in the app space, both generally and in the fitness app,” since she joined the Federal Trade Commission six years ago, Senior Staff Attorney Cora Han acknowledges. “It’s a completely different landscape.”

But as several major tech companies appear poised to disrupt that landscape, privacy advocates warn that consumers aren’t always aware of how sensitive the data the apps collect can be or what privacy protections exist. And changes in the privacy policy of Moves, a fitness tracking app recently acquired by Facebook, have only amplified those fears.

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