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Fitbit, Runkeeper health data can't be used by insurers to set premiums under Belgian law

By Matthew Newman
  • 13 Oct 2020 11:27
  • 13 Oct 2020 11:27

Health data from Fitbit, Runkeeper, Apple Watch and other physical-activity trackers can’t be used by Belgian insurers to set premiums for health and life insurance under a law passed recently by the country’s parliament.

Under the legislation, which amends a 2014 insurance law, companies also can’t refuse to sell insurance to

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Matthew Newman

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Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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