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Experts warn on data security in health and fitness apps

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5600 (Published 13 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5600
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Users of mobile health and fitness apps should not assume that any of their data is private or protected, says a report by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a non-profit privacy group based in San Diego, California.1

For the report the group’s researchers studied the privacy policies and protections of 43 popular health and fitness apps, including apps that allow users to enter information about their diet, daily exercise routines, and medical and mental health conditions; to look up disease and drug information; and to share their information with friends through the app, a website, or through social media sites such as Facebook.

The researchers looked at …

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