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Study: Mobile Health Apps Carry Privacy Risk

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 17, 2013

According to a new study released yesterday by Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, many mobile health apps carry privacy and security risks, GigaOm reports. The report surveyed 43 free and paid apps—including the top 20 paid apps in health and fitness categories—and found several did not have privacy policies, transmit data without encryption and send user data to third parties such as ad networks and analytics companies. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Founder Beth Givens said, “Data security and privacy—from a technical standpoint—is abysmal.”
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