Pharmacy chain CVS announced a new policy that will require 200,000 employees who receive health care through the corporation to submit personal health information to the company or face a $50 monthly fine, ABC News reports. Workers must submit their weight, body fat, glucose levels and other vital signs or pay an additional $600 per year for their existing health coverage. Employees have until May 1, 2014, to comply with the new policy or face the fine.
Privacy advocates are outraged by the policy:
“The approach they’re taking is based on the assumption that somehow these people need a whip, they need to be penalized in order to make themselves healthy,” Patient Privacy Rights founder Dr. Deborah Peel said. “It’s technology-enhanced discrimination on steroids.”
CVS says that the company itself will never see the results, which it calls voluntary. It also contends that the practice is both common and legal. ABC News found at least one court case that ruled the practice legal.