Mobile Health Apps Privacy Risks

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CHICAGO - New Research suggests mobile health apps may pose a serious security risk to personal information.

Researchers from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law identified all available Android diabetes apps and collected and analyzed their privacy policies and permissions. Apps for Apple devices were not included in the study.

The study found many health apps transmit sensitive medical information, such as disease status and medication compliance, to third parties, including aggregators and advertising networks. The author's note that the sharing of sensitive health information by apps is generally not prohibited by law and patients should be aware and consider the potential risks when using them.

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