The question of who owns personal data just doesn't seem to go away. It seems to ebb and flow, most recently with the ability to collect data from devices within a Personal Area Network (PAN) or Wireless PAN (WPAN).

The question of who owns personal data just doesn’t seem to go away. It seems to ebb and flow, most recently with the ability to collect data from devices within a Personal Area Network (PAN) or Wireless PAN (WPAN). A recent experience of mine brought this issue up to the forefront again.

However, first the back story. I’ve been a long-term competitive runner since high-school and heart-rate has always been an important part of my training. When I coached High-School Track and Field from 2001-2003 I bought a Suunto sports watch to record time, heart-rate and altitude during my workouts so when I ran with the athletes, I could better monitor our stress levels. It was very informative to get my heart-rate at a glance anytime during workouts and to analyze efforts post-workout with a variety of graphs – particularly heart-rate changes during hill workouts or speed workouts. Of course this was my data and I could move it around (from watch to PC) and share it with whomever I wished. The data came from me and I captured it.

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