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August 31, 2015

Schumer Praises New FitBit Privacy Policy

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Less than two weeks after criticizing the company at a Central Park press conference, Sen. Charles E. Schumer is lauding FitBit’s privacy policy.

“We are very glad that Fitbit is doing exactly the right thing. They will not sell personal information to third parties and will share it only when legally necessary or when the customer has opted-in – this is the best possible solution,” the New York Democrat said in statement Friday. “Fitbit customers can breathe a sigh of relief and should be aware that this company cares very much about their privacy and their security. We are urging all other fitness tracking companies to follow Fitbit’s lead and adopt similar privacy policies.”

Schumer had used his regular Sunday news conference as the venue to warn consumers about the risk of personal health information being sold by manufacturers of devices that track the number of steps taken in a day and an assortment of other data points like sleep patterns.

During his remarks, Schumer also called for the Federal Trade Commission to promulgate regulations requiring all companies making the devices to implement an opt-in process for the sale of the health-related information.

“The FTC can propose such regulations easily. It’s within their power right now. We don’t need legislation or anything else,” Schumer said.

 

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