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.

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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.

Mobile Apps Study Underscores Necessity of Strong Best Practices for Health and Wellness Data
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January 17, 2017 | Melanie Bates

Mobile Apps Study Underscores Necessity of Strong Best Practices for Health and Wellness Data

Kelsey Finch, FPF Policy Counsel, presented FPF’s 2016 Mobile Apps Study at the Federal Trade Commission’s annual PrivacyCon on January 12, 2017. Kelsey presented a visual representation of the App Study designed by FPF Fellow, Carolina Alonso. See the visual.

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What's Happening: Wearables

Future of Privacy Forum Releases Best Practices for Consumer Wearables and Wellness Apps and Devices
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August 17, 2016 | Melanie Bates

Future of Privacy Forum Releases Best Practices for Consumer Wearables and Wellness Apps and Devices

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) released Best Practices for Consumer Wearables and Wellness Apps and Devices, a detailed set of guidelines that responsible companies can follow to ensure they provide practical privacy protections for consumer-generated health and wellness data. The document was produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and incorporates input from a wide range of stakeholders including companies, advocates, and regulators.

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W&L Law Offers DC-based Cyber Law and Privacy Seminar with Future of Privacy Forum
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May 27, 2016 | Melanie Bates

W&L Law Offers DC-based Cyber Law and Privacy Seminar with Future of Privacy Forum

The course, titled “Cyber Policy and Privacy Law,” will be co-taught by Professor Margaret Hu and Jules Polonetsky, CEO at FPF. The course will examine how the expanding role of the internet, big data, e-commerce, social media, and wearable technology has strained the preexisting regulatory and constitutional frameworks that have guided privacy protections under the law.

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CEA releases guiding privacy & security principles for wearable technologies
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October 27, 2015 | FPF Staff

CEA releases guiding privacy & security principles for wearable technologies

Yesterday, October 26th, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced voluntary guidelines for organizations that manage personal and health-related data, particularly as generated by consumer wearable technologies. This step illustrates CEA’s attempt to promote consumer trust in technology companies producing and supporting health trackers and other wearable technologies.

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