Google’s Totally Creepy, Totally Legal Health-Data Harvesting

November 14, 2019

(The Atlantic) – In the six years since, Google has gone from a basic digital reference book to a multibillion-dollar player in the health-care industry, with the potential to combine medical and search data in myriad alarming new ways. Earlier this month, it announced its $2.1 billion acquisition of the wearables company Fitbit, and suddenly the company that had logged all our late-night searches about prescriptions and symptoms would potentially also have access to our heart rates and step counts. Immediately, users voiced concern about Google combining fitness data with the sizable cache of information it keeps on its users.