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Study: Medical Social Networks Lack Privacy Protections

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 15, 2011

A recent study of 10 medical condition-focused social networks revealed that privacy policies "significantly varied," InformationWeek reports. "Social but safe? Quality and safety of diabetes-related online social networks," which was conducted by researchers from Children's Hospital Boston, revealed a lack of safeguards for personal health information privacy protection, with only three sites providing member control for personal information and the vast majority using privacy policies that were difficult to read. Elissa R. Weitzman, the study's lead author, voiced concerns about the implications for patient safety and said such sites need policies to protect members' privacy.
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