2019 MAY 01 (NewsRx) -- By a
Ovia employees were also encouraged to use the app, receiving a
Employers who pay
Not everyone agrees. Despite repeated claims of privacy, data can still be gleaned from person-to-person interaction, and thus have an adverse effect on an employee’s health insurance. Insurance companies could potentially use the data to increase premiums or deny coverage. Health and privacy advocates say that women using the apps face possible discrimination, as employers may evaluate an employee’s performance against that employee’s next steps in family planning. In addition, there are concerns regarding security risks such as a data breach.
Ovia claims that when a woman signs up for their app, they agree to its “Terms and Use.” This grants Ovia a “royalty-free, perpetual, and irrevocable license, throughout the universe” to “utilize and exploit” their de-identified personal information for scientific research and “external and internal marketing purposes.” Ovia maintains the right to “sell, lease or lend aggregated Personal Information to third parties.”
“Even if the argument can be made that such practice conforms with privacy laws, it sets up additional information that employers may use to make discriminatory decisions in the workplace,” Nguyen says.
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