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Mobile Health Apps Plagued by Privacy Issues, Study Finds

June 16, 2021, 10:30 PM

Health and fitness apps, which help mobile-phone users track everything from calorie intake to menstruation dates, can access and share personal data in a way that’s concerning, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

The analysis of more than 20,000 apps found that inadequate privacy disclosures for many of them prevented users from making informed choices about their data. One third could collect user email addresses and many more transmitted data to third parties such as advertisers.

The findings come as the pandemic further boosts mobile-phone use and technology companies try to balance privacy demands with the ...

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