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Health apps may pose major privacy concerns

Shared by Radhika Narayanan | 73 52 3 | about 2 years ago

Mobile health apps are a popular way to track personal information for overall health and fitness as well as specific medical conditions. But new research suggests they may pose some serious privacy concerns.

The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that many health apps transmit sensitive medical information, such as disease status and medication compliance, to third parties, including aggregators and advertising networks.

For the study, researchers from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law identified all available Android diabetes apps and collected and analyzed their privacy policies and permissions. Apps for Apple devices were not included in the study.

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