Monetary valuation of personal health data in the wild

The value of personal health data continues to be a debated topic in HCI and society more broadly. We investigate the monetary value people attach to their health data. Using a custom mobile app for 14 days with 55 participants, we collected health data (sleep duration, sleep quality, pain intensity, wake-up times) and a daily monetary data valuation using a reverse second-price auction. Participants bid to sell their data to a for-profit company, the government, or academia. Our findings indicate that people value their data differently based on who is buying. We also show that people are interested in monetizing their personal health data despite privacy and data protection concerns. The presented study helps us understand the data value landscape and paves way to a healthier data-driven future where people may benefit more from their own contributions, either in monetary or other forms.