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Health apps pose privacy risks

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Mobile health apps may be a great way to keep track of prescriptions and when to take your pills, but researchers have raised a red flag about privacy impacts.

They say apps can collect user data, including sensitive information that is highly valuable to commercial interests.

The University of Sydney-led research team found sharing of user data by medicines-related apps is routine but far from transparent, and also identified a small number of commercial entities with the ability to exploit user data.

They concluded that privacy regulators should consider that loss of privacy was not a fair cost for the use of digital health services and that greater regulation and transparency about the apps was needed.

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Source:
Unknown Author, 2019, National Seniors (https://nationalseniors.com.au/)

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