Your health and habits are both very personal things, and it goes without saying there are some things you really just want to keep to yourself. In 2015, though, a Swiss insurance company announced it was going to be kick-starting a program they called MyStep. Through this program, the more you walked and met your 10,000-a-day step goals, the better you took care of yourself, the logic went. Those that didn't meet their goals — or didn't participate in the program — were going to get hit with some hefty penalties in the form of rising premiums.
Subscribers to CSS Insurance haven't been the only ones to have their daily activity levels monitored through their Fitbits, either. For 2015's fall semester, the Oral Roberts University put new rules in place for students. They would be required to wear Fitbits, and if their activity levels dropped too low, their grades would drop, too.
According to The Guardian, the university's president, William Wilson said, "The marriage of new technology with our physical fitness requirements is something that sets ORU apart. In fact, when we began this innovative program in the fall of 2015, we were the first university in the world to offer this unique approach to a fitness program."
They went on to clarify that there are no GPS trackers enabled on the Fitbits, but they are recording data 24/7. They're calling it "whole person education", but there are still some major questions about how much invasion of privacy is too much.