Technology these days surely helps in performing some of the everyday chores. Our dependence on apps and electronic gadgets can help to perform a few chores in a more efficient manner. It does makes sense as it saves time and emits the need to depend on an expert who has knowledge. It also makes sense to use them to assist when dealing with depression and other health related issues. But a new study has found that such applications cannot be trusted fully. This is due to their shady privacy policies and incomplete disclosures.
At the same time the researchers were not able to find how exactly Google and Facebook were using this user data. It was also found that two of the applications even shared sensitive health status data like health diary entries or substance use with third-party analytics services. The applications were categorized by the researchers by searching for depression and smoking cessation-related keywords in the iOS and Android apps stores in Australia and the United States. The study took place between April 2018 and June 2018.
It was concluded by the researchers that the mismatched privacy policies and actual data sharing activity raise a serious concern. It was also the responsibility of the healthcare community and technology companies to come up with strict privacy guidelines to protect personal health data.
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