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Unintentional Bias May Impede Effectiveness of Health Apps

The mobile health industry holds significant potential to improve health and wellness, but unintended bias in the algorithms and data that power mHealth apps might limit their effectiveness and uptake, especially for traditionally marginalized communities, according to Heal-gorithms, a new report from CDT.

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Passing Through Airport Security With the Touch of a Finger

New York Times: A company called Clear is using fingerprints and iris scans to spare some passengers the first phase of the T.S.A.’s security airport screening process — the document-verification checkpoint and its line. Clear says it can speed fliers through checkpoints while maintaining tight security. But the rollout process has been slow — Clear is available only in some terminals at 24 domestic airports — an earlier iteration of the company had a data security issue.

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There's No Such Thing as Innocuous Personal Data

Slate: When you think about which of your devices and apps contain your most sensitive data, you probably think about your text messages, Gchats, or Reddit account. The fitness tracking device you’re sporting right now may not immediately come to mind. After all, what can people really learn about you from your heart rate or your step count? More than you might think.

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CDT and Fitbit Develop Guidelines for Privacy and Research for Wearables Industry

In a first of its kind partnership with a wearables company, Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) invited the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a leading advocacy group dedicated to protecting global online civil liberties, into its research labs to explore how privacy and ethics come into play in the research and development (R&D) process. The result of this collaboration is a report that offers guidance on privacy-protective and ethical internal research procedures for wearable technology companies.

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Courts and Insurance Companies Need to Realize Fitness Data Can Be Spoofed

Vice Motherboard: “For that interaction within the healthcare system, security is clearly important as well as trust,” Michelle De Mooy, deputy director of consumer privacy at the Center for Democracy and Technology, wrote. “Outside of a provider relationship, in an employee wellness program, for example, the implications of a wearable device being spoofed or hacked is concerning because the data may be shared more widely and there is no accountability for such violations.”

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Audit Finds Slipshod Cybersecurity at

Associated Press –– Among the policy mistakes: User sessions were not encrypted, contrary to standard practice on financial websites. “Not doing so is inexcusable for such sensitive data,” said Michelle De Mooy, deputy director for consumer privacy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, an Internet rights group.

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