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Inside the Law: Consumer protections for electronic health monitoring devices

May 10, 2018 - 2:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The journal Advanced Materials just published research on an advanced sensor that can be placed on a tooth that will track what you eat. 

Hmm. Sounds like a good use of technology. I mean, how else am I supposed to know other than the totally outdated method of seeing what's in my hand before I shove it in my mouth? 

What am I, a caveman? 

In theory, the sensors will be able to track nutrients and chemicals in food, which is apparently a vast improvement over reading the food's label. 

The creation and use of electronic health monitoring devices to track food, exercise, and nutrition is rapidly expanding, but the creation of laws that protect consumers is not keeping pace. 

The first question you should ask yourself before you use them is: who owns this information? 

You'd think that since it's your body and your health, information about it is yours. But if you enter or track that data through an app, you are granting the app a license to use it. 

Ask what they'll do with it. And if you rely on the data to help your health, remember that most of these apps are not classified as regulated medical devices but rather for entertainment according to their terms of use, so they don't have to guaranty accuracy. 

And maybe ask yourself: do I really need a sensor to tell me when I'm eating a donut?