12 Sep Fitness Tracker Startups Wary of EU Privacy Regulators
Health tech startups looking to cater to corporate clients are concerned that European Union regulators will crackdown on their business models after and advisory panel in June.
In the advisory panel of the EU, they stated that employers, even with express consent, should not be allowed to provide employees with health tracking devices or fitness monitors like Fitbit. They should also be forbidden from obtaining the data from their employees’ wearable devices, even if it was to be anonymous and only for data aggregation purposes.
The ruling said that considering the unequal employer-employee relationship, the workers will be hindered to give legally valid consent with data sharing. Additionally, processing the data, even for general health developments is still considered to be unlawful.