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Ethical considerations for the use of consumer wearables in health research

Objective

Primarily, as researchers, we are concerned with enmeshment of corporate and research interests and what this can mean for participant data.


Methods

By drawing on specific sections of the UN Report ‘The right to privacy in the digital age’, we discuss the conflicts between corporate and research agendas and point out the current and future implications of the involvement of third-party companies for participant data privacy, data security and data usage. Finally, we offer suggestions for researchers and third-party wearable developers for conducting ethical and transparent research with wearable tech.




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