Continuous self-optimisation enables “personal espionage”

More and more Germans are wearing activity trackers to get their bodies in shape.

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They can record your every movement around the clock, measure your calorie consumption and monitor your sleep. Activity trackers on their arms are helping more and more Germans (primarily younger men) to get their bodies into shape. The data collected through the plastic strap is stored by an app and presented with the aid of diagrams, statistics and graphs. If you meet your targets, you even receive a virtual medal. But aren’t you “bugging” yourself? Data protection experts criticise the fact that many suppliers store private data on their servers, collect movement profiles – and open the door for “personal espionage”.