Following Footsteps: How Federal District Court Jurisprudence Protects Health Data in the Workplace

J.T. Parisi · 20 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. 319

Abstract

With the growing popularity of fitness tracking technology, employers have started to provide their employees with fitness tracking devices in order to obtain a subsidy on employer group health plans. Access to this data creates an opportunity to abuse the data by using it when making employment decisions. This Note analyzes how the current legal framework does not adequately protect the data and employees. The solution suggests using a recent case to provide the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with authority to regulate employers’ use of the health data until adequate privacy and data security laws can address the problem.