About this Issue
Consumer-generated data represents an important and growing subsection of personal health data, as consumers adopt wearables and health-tracking devices in record numbers. Devices that help users track physiological information hold the potential to greatly improve consumers’ lives, and research based on data collected by wearables could reveal insights with broad societal benefits. While sensitive health and wellness data is critical to giving consumers the experiences they want and need, it will be essential that privacy concerns raised by the collection and use of this data are addressed.
FPF is committed to supporting responsible privacy and security practices for wearables, mobile apps, services, and devices that utilize consumers’ health, wellness, and physiological data. As the leading advocate for business practical approaches to consumer privacy, FPF has been at the vanguard of privacy issues around the growing Internet of Things, including the smart grid, smart home devices, mobile location tracking, and connected cars.