Whoop… whoop… whoop!
If you’re not hearing warning bells already keep reading, you will be soon.
Because a major insurance company and a bigger than big tech company have cooked up a crooked scheme that’s a blatant set up to invade your privacy.
And even worse? They want YOU to help them make it happen.
Did your mom ever tell you if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is?
Well, Aeta Insurance and Apple (known for their iPhone and iPad) have decided to make themselves the poster children for her very wise warning.
Here’s how it works…
Apple has announced you can get your hands on an entirely “free” Apple watch. Which, let’s be honest, SOUNDS fantastic.
After all, Apple watches are worth hundreds of dollars. So who wouldn’t want to get their hands on one for nothing?
The only problem is that nothing is really something.
Trading privacy for a “free” watch
You see Apple is actually collaborating with Aetna. And you ARE paying for that “free” watch. But instead of cash, you’re forking over your priceless data.
And your privacy right along with it.
Those watches will be tracking your every move… how much you exercise, how you’re sleeping, and even if you’re eating right. And reporting all of it back to Big Brother Aetna.
I bet those warning bells are going off now. Am I right?
But don’t worry. Everyone promises to be very responsible will all of your information. They say they will only be using your data to make health recommendations.
And they even plan to hand out gift cards for good behavior. What could go wrong?
Beware of the slippery slope
If you’re seeing the potential for skyrocketing deductibles, ballooning interest rates, and, worst of all, coverage denials when you haven’t been “good” you’re not alone.
With shifting regulations, there’s no way to be sure how the data you help them collect could end up being used in the future.
And once they’ve trained you to hand over your privacy and the details of your daily activity who knows what’s next.
Decided to indulge in a doughnut at the office last week? Then maybe you’re forced to pay a premium for your diabetes meds the next time you fill your prescription.
Or perhaps you fell a little short of your allotted number of steps this year. Then that heart operation your doc says you need? Denied!
It’s a slippery slope. And with each updated user-agreement you click yes on you could be agreeing to even FURTHER invasions of your privacy.
Because, honestly, who actually reads and understands all of that fine print?
Protect your privacy by saying “no”
Personal data is big business. And companies are more than willing to pay BIG bucks to get to it.
Even if that means handing out “free” watches.
But giving away valuable information for nothing isn’t even the worst part of this agreement. What Aetna and Apple (and companies that follow their example) DO with that data and how they protect it are by FAR the biggest worries.
While denying coverage or punishing you for not being compliant isn’t on the menu today, it doesn’t mean they won’t be tomorrow.
This “deal” is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Follow my lead and just say no to helping them pull off this blatant invasion of privacy.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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