Between cool new wearables and a phone full of fitness apps, our health routines have gone totally high tech. Most of the time that's a good thing—you can count your calories, measure how much you move, log your sleep cycle, track your period, and book barre classes all from your phone. All the data you're logging makes it easier to make informed health decisions. (Related: 8 Healthy Tech Innovations That Are Totally Worth Splurging On)
This is a big problem because it leaves us all operating in the dark, says Chris Dore, a partner at Edelson PC, a consumer privacy law firm. "When it comes to fitness apps, the data that's being collected starts to border on medical information," he says. "Especially when you're putting in information like weight and body mass index or connecting an app to a device that's taking your heart rate."
That information isn't just valuable for you, it's also valuable to insurance companies. "Data like what you eat and how much you weigh, collected over a period of time, is a treasure trove for health insurance companies looking to give you a price," Dore says. Definitely scary to think that forgetting to sync to a running app a few times a week could affect something as important as your health insurance coverage.