Your company already knows whether you have been taking your meds, getting your teeth cleaned and going for regular medical checkups. Now some employers or their insurance companies are tracking what staffers eat, where they shop and how much weight they are putting on—and taking action to keep them in line.
Your company already knows whether you've been going for regular medical checkups and getting your teeth cleaned. Now some employers or their insurance companies are monitoring what staffers eat and where they shop. MarketWatch's Christopher Noble reports. (Photo: Getty Images) Companies have a new solution to rising health-insurance costs: Dropping coverage for spouses.
MarketWatch's Jim Jelter reports. (Photo: Getty Images) The goal, say employers, is to lower health-care and insurance costs while also helping workers. Last month, 1,600 employees at four U.S. workplaces, including the City of Houston, strapped on armbands that track exercise habits, calories burned and vital signs, part of a diabetes-prevention program run by insurer Cigna. Some diabetic AT&T T +0.61% employees also use mobile monitors; in September, AT&T also started selling to employers its blood-pressure cuffs and other devices to track wearers 24/7. But companies also have started scrutinizing employees' other behavior more discreetly. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina recently began buying spending data on more than 3 million people in its employer group plans. If someone, say, purchases plus-size clothing, the health plan could flag him for potential obesity—and then call or send mailings offering weight-loss solutions.
Originally posted by AQuestion
reply to post by kdog1982
I gave you and F&S; but, I also have to say that the information on the vast majority of us is never analyzed or reviewed. We just are not that interesting. The federal government does not have the time nor do they care about everyone who talked about smoking weed on their phone. The people that really misuse the information are the people who you know you are giving it to, they are the ones that sell your information so that you can be marketed to. Just my thoughts.
Originally posted by winofiend
It all started one day millennia ago, in a land long forgotten where a people long gone said.
"How can we know who is who?"
and gave someone a name.
If names were invented today, everyone would be up in arms !
"Why do they need to KNOW who I am? Who says I need to be called something. I refuse to accept this intrusion by your prying big brother eyes."
and we'd all get along only know to each other by what sort of dog we own.
So.. what do we do, internets.. what do we do..
My silly mobile phone doesn't even have a music player. it just makes calls. what a novelty.
Originally posted by havok
The problem, kdog, is that the majority of people aren't seeing it as a problem.
Literally, they are inherently getting used to it day after day.
As children become adults, they see more technology pave the way for less privacy.
All in the name of "progress" and "the future".
Originally posted by randyvs
I'm with you Phil, to hell with all this crap. I've been numbered, bar coded, validated, fluoridated, carbonated, economically inundated, taxed both ways com'n and go'in, fined, confined and consigned by these pencil push'in, gravy grab'n, late start'n, early quit'n, cookie crumble'n, curtain climbing, rug run'in, fish egg suck'in, little lord Font Leroy's for far to long.
@#%$ all of this &*$% !
Kelly’s happy hatred of the police was given full expression in his ‘Jerilderie Letter’ (written to put his side of the story to the press and public), where he outlined cases of police corruption and called on corrupt policemen to resign. In his letter, he called police officers..
‘a parcel of big ugly fat-necked wombat headed big bellied magpie legged narrow hipped splaw-footed sons of Irish Bailiffs or english landlords’…
Nice one Ned!
I think it is more down to perception. I am self-employed these days but have been an employee over the years, and have always been aware of my choice to continue working for someone else. I've walked from jobs where I wasn't happy, no-one has ever owned me in the sense I see your comment refer to.
Originally posted by heyitsok
If you are an employee you are an owned commodity.