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Wellness Apps May Be Sharing Your Data With Facebook, Google

April 19, 2019, 3:02 PM

Google Inc., Facebook Inc., and other third-party companies received user data from popular apps intended to help users with depression and smoking, according to a study released April 19.

The researchers, writing for the open access wing of the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked into the privacy policies of 36 top-ranked depression and smoking cessation apps to see how the user’s data was shared with third parties.

The authors detected data transmitted to a third party other than the patient or doctor in 33 apps (92 percent), and 29 apps (81 percent) sent advertising and marketing analytics just ...