Companies are going to adopt a new way to monitor their employees. According to the Washington Post report, many big American companies are providing fitness tracker to their employees and are advised to wear them so that their every move can be monitored. Apart from that, If an employee shows the steps set out in three months, then it is also being given an incentive.
In return, the boss will be getting every data from his employee. Boss gets personal information such as how long the employee was sitting at the desk or how many steps went, how long he/she slept and his heart rate. These fitness trackers are being given to the employees at absolutely free or may be at low cost to the employees. These trackers track their fitness activity and send this data through an app on their boss’s phone. It has also threatened the employee’s privacy.
Employees will have an impact on promotions and demotion
Consumer privacy advocate Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation told the Washington Post “Most companies or bosses know a lot about their employees, what employees do outside the office, where do they go on holiday, even on employee’s lives. The boss has a lot of control or influence.” He also said, “There is a lot of possibilities that, through fitness tracker, the promotion and demotion of employees will have an impact.”
- According to the Washington Post, companies are giving fitness trackers to their employees.
- Through this, daily steps, heart rate and their movements of the employees are being monitored.
- This data is sent to their boss, insurance companies and device makers.
- This prevents employees’ privacy in danger because their personal data is being shared.
Fitness tracker was given to employees to stay fit: Company says
According to the report, many companies have to say that they have started offering trackers to keep their employees fit and save medical costs. However, it is not clear now what will be the effect? In The Washington Post, some employees are being pressured to wear fitness trackers compared to other employees while some employees are being congratulated by the boss on completing the Health Target.
Adam Pellegrini, senior vice president of Fitbit Health Solutions, says
“Through this, we can find out who is not fulfilling their health goals or who is not following the action plan.”
Data is also given to insurance companies with the boss
Report Says, 20% of companies who give health insurance to their employees received data from a device such as fitness tracker in 2018, which was 14% higher than in 2017. This health data is shared not only with the boss but also for device makers, health insurance companies and third parties.
Because, data is shared with the wishes of the person who wears, so it is also beyond the scope of the law. Lee Tien says, “Devices like Fitbit and Apple Watch also know about yourself about things you do not know about yourself or do not want to tell others, and anyone who buys or wears them, could not know about possible outcomes.“
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