David Kotz Talks to US News about Privacy in Mobile Health Apps

U.S. News & World Report recently talked to Prof. David Kotz about the sometimes misunderstood privacy implications of using mobile health tracking apps. From the article:

In a 2016 study published in JAMA, researchers evaluated the privacy policies of 211 Android diabetes apps and found that 81 percent of them did not have any privacy policies at all. Of the 19 percent that did, not all of the provisions actually protected users' privacy: Most of them collected user data (including sensitive health information such as insulin and blood glucose levels), and nearly half of them shared this data with third parties. As the researchers concluded, this poses "privacy risks because there are no federal legal protections against the sale or disclosure of data from medical apps to third parties." (Think advertisers, marketers and other companies.)

Check out the full story at US News for tips on what you can do to protect your privacy.