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Federal privacy rules offer scant protection for users of health apps and wearable devices

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 25 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4115
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Federal privacy laws designed to protect people’s health information often do not apply to information provided by consumers to mobile health devices, over social media, and on websites, US health officials warned in a report released last week.1 As a result many consumers may have unknowingly allowed their personal health information to be used for advertising, marketing, and behavior tracking, and to be shared and sold to a wide variety of businesses, such as drug companies, …

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