A couple months ago, National Underwriter Life & Health Magazine published an issue focused on technology. Some of the articles got me thinking about the dynamic we in the benefits world face between the use of technology in our business and personal privacy. A couple of the trends noted were the use of big data and wearable technology as a means of underwriting insurance products.

This information got me thinking about whether these trends represent a great marketing opportunity or an invasion of privacy. I wrote a list of things that are available for most people if big data principles are used to aggregate information. Some of those things included: age and gender; where we live; whether we own a home or rent; who insures our residence and the limits on coverage; our driving record; our credit rating; our level of exercise (wearable tech); what medications we take (pharmacy scan); and what health related items we look up online. (See more in the sidebar, right).

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO.com, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited BenefitsPRO.com content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical BenefitsPRO.com information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com

Already have an account?



Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join BenefitsPRO.com now!

  • Unlimited access to BenefitsPRO.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on BenefitsPRO.com and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO

Copyright © 2022 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.