Written by Michael Whitt, Q.C. and Graeme Harrison
In the recent study, "Every Step You Fake: A Comparative Analysis of Fitness Tracker Privacy and Security," Open Effect, a Canadian not-for-profit applied research organisation, analysed data and information gathered from eight fitness tracking applications and devices currently available in Canada. The study seeks to determine what kind of information such systems gather and how that information is treated. The better portion of the study is yet to be published, but the version available (published on 2 February) contains a number of interesting findings. Michael Whitt QC and Graeme Harrison of Bennett Jones LLP discuss the study, which they believe raises numerous legal questions in Canada.