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Every Fitness Tracker But Apple's Is A Privacy Nightmare

That data isn’t just of interest to health-conscious users. It can also be used by insurance companies, law enforcement officials, data mining firms, and possibly even medical identity thieves.

I seem to regularly be involved in discussing why privacy matters and, ‘who cares if someone gets a hold of information x, y, and z?’ type conversations1 are usually brought up.

The more innocuous stuff (browsing history, Facebook likes, etc) is not necessarily critical information, but it is just part of a growing pool of data that could paint a very accurate picture of everything about a person.

  1. If you ever find yourself in a conversation with someone using that argument - ask them for unrestricted access to their phone for an hour with the expectation that you may share some of the data you find. ↩︎

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