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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Whether hiking a scenic mountain trail or pounding the pavement downtown, millions are turning to fitness trackers like Fitbit.

"When I started wearing one I started becoming aware of how unhealthy I was, and it helped me get back into shape," said Kyle Davis.

When you put in all that personal information to initiate the device, and then you are tracked, one Senator worries what the company storing the information can do with it.

"But worse of all there are no laws that prevent the company that owns Fitbit or any of the other bracelets, from selling that information to other people. Who would want a prospective employer to know their personal health data," said Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Senator Schumer sounds the alarm that there are no privacy laws to protect your identity or health data.

"I'd like to keep it on the down low, and not share it with anyone," said Julien Daiwon.

Kyle Davis said the benefits of the device outweigh the privacy risk, and he's down 25 pounds.

"I think it helps people more than it can potentially hurt," said Davis.
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