A day after Walgarts digital thermometers were pulled from the shelves in all its stores, the company said it is stopping using thermometers altogether, and it is changing the way it processes data.
The decision to stop using thermometer readings in the U.S. comes after several months of scrutiny by some people in the public and online who raised questions about the reliability of thermometers.
While Walgens decision comes after a public inquiry, it is likely to further complicate the lives of millions of people who rely on thermometers to measure their temperatures, which can be unreliable.
In the United States, Walgends thermometers are used for a wide range of applications, from checking on an elderly person to keeping track of a diabetic patient.
Walgalls customers have complained that the thermometers cannot accurately measure temperature and can malfunction.
Some of those complaints have been echoed by some online retailers.
The thermometer industry has been in turmoil since last year, when a group of scientists and privacy advocates accused Walgmans of illegally using its technology in an effort to sell a drug.
In a statement released Tuesday, Walgreen said it has worked with the scientists who are spearheading the inquiry, and has been working with researchers to develop an update to the thermometer.
“We have had no intention of changing our business practices in this area, and we intend to continue to use our thermometers,” the statement read.
“However, we are also working with a number of privacy experts, including the Center for Digital Democracy, to develop a more transparent way to communicate with consumers, in light of the ongoing privacy and consumer privacy issues around thermometers.”
The company also said it would begin using a digital footprint to measure the distance from a store to customers and the temperature at which they buy items.
Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The change in policy comes as Walgops brand has been hit by backlash over its pricing.
It has been one of the top sellers of the digital products on Amazon, and Walgys digital footprint is widely used to track where customers are buying and to track the time they spend at various stores.
That is why the digital thermometry has become such a contentious issue.
Walgreen has also faced criticism for the lack of transparency around its thermometers since it began selling its technology to other retailers in December.
That transparency has been largely limited to the retail chain’s website, which is where people can order thermometers online and track their usage.
But Walgards digital footprint, which tracks the distance of each item from a customer’s doorstep to a store, has been widely used by shoppers.
Critics have argued that the technology has been sold to retailers for a price and is not in the best interest of consumers.
Walbares digital footprint has been used in the past by consumers, and some Walgrees have taken steps to prevent retailers from selling it.
Walbrand also began to pull the digital footprint of a number customers last month, and a number other retailers have stopped selling the digital temperature.
But critics have argued Walgaws digital footprint could potentially help the company avoid fines if a product is found to be defective.
In its statement, Walmart said it “recognizes that there are legitimate concerns about thermometers and digital footprint in its supply chain.”
The change comes after months of pressure from the public, as well as the scientific community, about the durability of thermometer thermometers used by Walgros customers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in September that the thermal sensor used in Walgos digital thermocompatibility software could be causing problems in some people with diabetes.
In December, the FDA also said that Walgess electronic thermometer could be failing to read people correctly.
In response to those concerns, Walmarts digital footprint team in December began a process to review all of Walgast’s thermometers in its retail stores.
Walmast said in January that it had completed the review and would begin shipping thermometers from the end of January.
The new policy will likely have a major impact on the tens of millions who rely upon thermometers at their retail stores, which will have to be replaced as soon as possible.