Know what you're signing up for beforehand like where your health data are stored and for how long, and who and how it's used. The only “good” thing about this deal is it's part of a government-sponsored program. The tricky part is user's real-time health data goes to a private technology company's servers. As long as there's regulation, accountability and oversight, surveillance technology should be relatively safe and private. There's absolutely no need to sacrifice privacy for a little bit of convenience, unless it's a need and there's no other alternative. Because once private data are captured, without regulation, it can be exploited indefinitely.
New York (The Verge) — Fitbit will supply ‘free’ trackers to Singapore’s public health program theverge.com/2019/8/22/2082….
Fitbit is working with Singapore’s government to supply residents with free fitness trackers. Singaporeans will be able to register next month to receive a Fitbit Inspire band for free if they commit to paying $10 a month for a year of the company’s premium coaching service.
The company says Singaporeans will be able to pre-register next month to receive a Fitbit Inspire band for free if they commit to paying $10 a month for a year of the company’s premium coaching service. The program will fully roll out in late October.
This is the first major integration of Fitbit wearables into a national public health program anywhere in the world, the company says. Users will be asked whether they consent to sharing their data with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB), according to Reuters. “We think this program could reach up to one million people,” Park says, adding that it serves as an example of how “the transformation that we’ve talked about in our business model is becoming real.” — Sam Byford/@verge