Nice to see that the mainstream media has caught up to us in raising the call about wellness programs as an affront to worker privacy. Better late than never.
Privacy advocates see a void of regulation or even voluntary standards to ensure the information is used as intended. By all accounts the amount of worker wellness data being collected — through the Web, company surveys, wearable devices, gym records and lab tests — is exploding.
“The privacy issues are profound,” said Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, an advocacy group. “If people are being asked to wear a biometric electronic device, or use a mobile app or work within a wellness program, that data can be used in ways that may be very, very surprising to people.”
Numerous wellness vendors say flatly that privacy is critical to their reputation and that they don’t share information on individual workers with employers, data brokers or marketing companies. But as the Houston employees found out, the fine print isn’t so plain or reassuring.
Read the entire CNN/Kaiser Health News article here. We encourage employees not to divulge personal information on HRAs and other intrusive surveys. Most people don’t need us to tell them that. If HRA information is to be believed, we are a nation of teetotalers and occasional social drinkers.
Your health information is your business. That’s why we started Quizzify. No personal health information requested or recorded. EVER.