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Study Looks at Privacy Concerns Among Chronically Ill Teens

ONLINE PRIVACY

September 21, 2012

A study that looked at how chronically ill teenagers manage their privacy found that they spent a significant amount of time online and managed their privacy closely, Medical Xpress reports. The study by Canadian and Norwegian researchers surveyed patients aged 12 to 18 and aimed to understand how the teens view online privacy issues while in the hospital. It found that social and psychological privacy were very important to the teens, but government or company data collection was not a concern. One researcher says there’s a need for guidelines on social network-based communication between patients and healthcare providers.
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