Privacy, Data Security & Workplace Wearables: Best Practices for Employers

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Today, tracking your heart rate and glucose levels no longer requires a visit to the doctor's office; instead, all that is needed is a smartwatch. The rise of wearable fitness devices and applica­tions equipped with health tracking tools provides the ability to drastically improve health outcomes across all demographics.

Employers have taken note, particularly with respect to the benefits offered by fitness trackers in terms of lower employee health insurance costs. The popularity of wearables grew precipitously during the Covid-19 pandemic, as fitness trackers offered employers the ability to greatly enhance trust and wellness in the workplace at a time when employee health concerns were at an all-time high.

But there are also downsides to wearable fitness trackers in the workplace; namely, privacy and data security concerns and liability exposure risks.

Originally published in the January/February 2022 edition of the CBA Report.

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