13 Sep Experts Say Owlet Smart Sock May Compromise Infant Health Data
Several experts have issued warnings to parents about a new wearable tech for infants called Owlet Smart Sock, saying that it could compromise their child’s health data.
The smart sock, which monitors heart rate and oxygen levels, is being marketed as a preventive measure against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, the data is sent to a base station which relays the data to the parent’s mobile device, and most parents are not aware that the company, Owlet, will have access to their child’s sensitive health information.
Owlet says that users have the option not to share their baby’s data for research, but a doctor from Curtin University said that the data can be sold to a third party such as insurance companies who can use it in court, citing the FitBit cases as example.
Source: ABC AU