Inexpensive, small sensors in tracking devices and smartphones make it possible: constant monitoring of fitness, wellness or health. "Quantified Self", the measurement of one's own body and behavioural activities, is becoming more and more widespread. Users use Quantified Self primarily to optimise their physical activities. However, the data is also of interest for research: The wealth of data is to be used to gain insights for the early detection of diseases and for improved therapies. In addition, players from the economy and the health sector want to profit from the evaluations. The handling of the sensitive health data must comply with the legal requirements of data protection. The interdisciplinary study examines the opportunities and risks of Quantified Self. It shows which devices and services are available and which future developments can be expected. In addition to medical and technical aspects, social, ethical, legal and economic questions are analysed and recommendations are formulated.
Meidert, Ursula; Scheermesser, Mandy; Prieur, Yvonne; Hegyi, Stefan; Stockinger, Kurt; Eyyi, Gabriel; Evers-Wölk, Michaela; Jacobs, Mattis; Oertel, Britta; Becker, Heidrun
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Communication and publicity, Health and well-being