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Health apps often lack privacy policies and share our data
Reuters

Just because a health app has a privacy policy doesn’t mean the data will remain private, an analysis of mobile tools for diabetes suggests.

In fact, privacy policies appear rare, and when they do exist, most state that user data will be collected and half warn that medical information will be shared with third parties.

“Simple privacy policies can help patients protect their personal information, but only 19 percent of the apps in our study had a privacy policy available pre-download,” said lead author Sarah Blenner, who did the study at ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law and is currently a public health researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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