On November 18th, 2019, Congress introduced the Stop Marketing and Revealing the Wearables and Trackers Consumer Health Data Act, known as the Smartwatch Data Act. The Smartwatch Data Act was introduced by Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen and Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, due to Google’s desire to acquire fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit in 2020. Since notice of this acquisition, privacy advocates have raised concerns about how Google will use personal health data collected through Fitbit devices. Therefore, this legislation aims to ensure that health data collected through fitness trackers, smartwatches, and health apps, cannot be sold without consumer consent.
Amanda Plowman Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law JD 2017 Alexander Thompson Assistant Editor Loyola University School of Law JD 2018 Apple has had a longstanding interest in breaking into the healthcare industry. Recently, Apple has hired a Toronto physician to work on expanding its health apps and Aetna will now provide …