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Google Fit To Curate Steps, Calories, Heart Rate, Other Biometric Data 53

Posted by timothy
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mpicpp (3454017) writes "Google is planning to release a new product called Google Fit that will aggregate health data from various devices and apps, according to a report Thursday from Forbes. Fit will use available APIs to pull biometric information together into one place, but it's unclear whether it will be a standalone app or part of the Android OS. Reports of Fit come on the heels of Apple's announcement of HealthKit in iOS 8, a system that also interacts with apps and APIs to curate and present health data like steps walked, calories consumed, and heart rates logged. Fit also follows the announcement of Sami, Samsung's health platform for culling health-related info."
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Google Fit To Curate Steps, Calories, Heart Rate, Other Biometric Data

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 14, 2014 @04:02AM (#47235281)

    ...the more tailored offers they can make for you.

    • by ArsonSmith (13997)

      Exactly, they can offer me things I actually want rather than the garbage advertisements I don't want. I can't wait until the day I only see advertisements that are things I want, when I want them.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      ...the more tailored offers they can make for you.

      And the law enforcement resources can be allocated when you are being sought. Hey this guy never exercises except for walks between the kitchen and bedroom with the occasional side-trip to the bathroom. We can just send three officers to apprehend the suspect. If she runs we'll have one of you remain outdoors just under the bedroom window while two officers enter the residence. No, no. You won't need ERT but make sure you have your pepper spray at the ready. The gun registry records say she has no firearms

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'd use it. As long as the data goes to my server and not to Google.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Dream on.

      Of course it's going to their servers. Almost all software built now from multiplayer games to logging exercise data uses someone else's servers. It's how things are now, because very few people mind, and there's a big financial upside to the companies involved by having the control and the data-mining capability.

  • How on earth does it fit with "Don't do evil"?

    • by bolek_b (246528)
      "Don't be evil" was probably deemed too obsolete. Judging from some recent cases, such as GMail redesign, recent total crackdown on non-market Chrome extensions or planting a Trojan horse into Yahoo, the current motto is "Prostrate before the evil majesty, you worm!"
  • Fuck Google (Score:2, Flamebait)

    and all the info its tries to aquire on all of its users. There's somethign wrong whena company has this much power to collect so much info on people.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Are you doing your part? By not using Gmail, by blocking javascript, even if it breaks some pages, by rooting and disabling evil stuff on your phone?

      • Sure am I got my own domain(s) name and use thunderbird or my webmail software, block all ads and don't have an evil phone. Don't use social sites and don't tie my life and business to data collection services like G+ and Facebook.You might find it weird but I can function just fine witho out owning any gadges that are tied to some data collection company.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Yes, I don't use Gmail. Yes, I block Facebook and Google's script library. Yes, it breaks pages because stupid webmasters needlessly make their pages dependent on a third party server. Yes, my phone uses a custom ROM, is rooted and Google services are not installed. It doesn't matter. Google has most of my email because it has all of yours [mako.cc]. Google has my picture, my address, my phone numbers and basically everything else, because other people give it to them. Just like the Indians who accepted trinkets in r

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by fazig (2909523)
      EULA: You agree that Google may transfer, store, and/or share your User Data with third party organizations, like health insurance companies.
      • by Mashiki (184564)

        EULA: You agree that Google may transfer, store, and/or share your User Data with third party organizations, like health insurance companies.

        Ah, you must live in a place where EULA's must have some meaning. Plenty of us don't, in turn that said information would be protected under various privacy laws and could not be given, handed out, traded, or sold to any other party whether it be second or third party. Doing so would be a fundamental violation of the law in Canada, and Europe, as well as most other western countries. May vary by US state however.

        • by fazig (2909523)
          I don't know about Canada, but over here the privacy laws protect you about as effectively as a police car at the street corner can protect you from being mugged.

          Actually I live in Germany. Yes we have our precious privacy laws, draconian in appearance but impractical and ineffective in application. EULAs don't hold much weight here, like most digitally signed contracts, which does give me some legal leverage, but only technically. It doesn't stop companies, that aren't located in the EU, from violating
  • ...would love this.

    Imagine them getting access to everything about your health, they wouldn't need to get it from a doctor, so they could make their own assessment of your current health status and habits, thus increasing the price of your insurance, or denying it altogether.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Have you been asleep for the past five years?

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      thus increasing the price of your insurance, or denying it altogether.

      They would have loved it back when they were permitted to deny pre-existing conditions. Now they can't do that any more.

      I agree that it's too soon to be aggregating this data on Google's servers. But sooner or later, it's going to be trivial for anyone to get all that data about you anyway. Pulse and respiration rates, for example, can be read with a camera today, noninvasively and at a distance. Video tracking and face recognition are becoming ubiquitous. We must hack society such that it will not harm us

  • by queazocotal (915608) on Saturday June 14, 2014 @06:14AM (#47235465)

    http://www.google.com/intl/en-... [google.com]
      Google Health has been discontinued

    Google Health has been permanently discontinued. All data remaining in Google Health user accounts as of January 2, 2013 is being systematically destroyed, and Google is no longer able to recover any Google Health data for any user. To learn more about this announcement, see our blog post, or answers to frequently-asked questions below.
    Frequently-asked questions

            Is there any way to retrieve my Google Health data from Google?

            No -- all remaining user data is being permanently and irrevocably deleted from the Google Health system starting on January 2, 2013. Google is no longer able to recover any Google Health data for any user.

            What happened to my Google Health data after January 1, 2013?

            All Google Health user accounts have been deactivated, and all data stored in them is being systematically deleted from Google’s systems starting on January 2, 2013.

    • by c (8461)

      Is there any way to retrieve my Google Health data from Google?

      For approximately a 6 month period prior to the deletion date, people could download their data in a whole whack of formats. See the original announcement [blogspot.ca]. Say what you will about Google, but they are good about giving lead time and tools to extract your information prior to a service shutdown.

      That being said, being able to download your information and being able to do anything with it is a whole other thing. In the case of Google Reader, at le

      • And yes - the point I was attempting to make was not that they deleted the data, but that the service (which has some parallels to the proposed new one) just went away when google decided they diddn't want to do it anymore.
        And that do you really want to put your information into a service that may well go away, rather than trying to work out some way to use it locally.

        • by c (8461)

          And that do you really want to put your information into a service that may well go away, rather than trying to work out some way to use it locally.

          I can live with the risk; I don't keep data online that I don't have local copies of or would be bothered if it went away.

          I'd estimate that at least 50% of the services I use daily now won't be around in another 5-10 years, and 90% of the devices I use now won't be usable in another 5 years. That's the nature of modern technology, and it's not specific to Google

    • by dasunt (249686)

      There are websites like "myfitnesspal.com" that do the same thing - integrate with various devices, such as Fitbit trackers, Strava, etc.

      Rather useful for some people, but also a little worrisome for privacy concerns.

  • Not Fit (Score:5, Funny)

    by Mr D from 63 (3395377) on Saturday June 14, 2014 @06:31AM (#47235521)
    Also, for others, they will release Google Fat. Which will help the consumer find restaurants with extra large helpings, identify the transportation approach that requires the least walking, and includes smart deep fry timing technology.
  • Feel free to google the definition of the word "curate".
  • "All employees are required to register with Google Fit. Employees who are not healthy are inefficient, and their salary will be adjusted accordingly to the value they are withholding from this company by being insufficiently healthy."

    Just like when employers demand the social networking data of every employee, sometimes even requiring Facebook passwords.

  • Google is watching you. Google knows when you cheat on your exercise program. And they'll share the data with your health insurance company, providing a monetary incentive for you to keep exercising, to "help you loose weight" and not because they're evil. In case you're wondering, this means that if you are healthy and use this program, you can save money on health insurance.

    "15 minutes a day could save you 15% or more on health insurance!"

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