Study Raises Privacy Concerns for Health Care Apps
Many have no policies, and may share data with third parties, researchers say
THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Privacy policies for health programs -- or "apps" -- designed for smartphones that share highly sensitive medical information between patients and doctors are lacking, and often are completely missing, according to a study published in the March 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Sarah Blenner, J.D., M.P.H., of the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, and colleagues focused on 211 diabetes-specific apps available for download in mid-2014 on Google Play. Blenner and her associates noted that Google Play mandates that all apps post a point-of-sale list of information-handling "permissions" that consumers must agree to before downloading, whether or not they're actually read.