The privacy of personal health apps

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- Many people download apps on their smart phones to help track their personal health. These apps say your information is kept private, but is it really?

Text expert Scott Schaffer of Blade Technologies spoke with Pertz this morning with the findings of a recent study.

A study on Android smart phones published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed more than 200 diabetes apps that logged blood glucose levels and food tracking among other concerns. 81 percent of the apps inspected did not have explicit privacy rules.

75 percent of the apps actively shared sensitive health information with third parties.

Although this information might be shared for a helpful purpose, such as helping a user learn about a new medication, that information can also be used against a person to limit opportunities and to discriminate.

Read the disclosures on these or any apps to make sure what they can and will do with your personal data so that you can make an informed decision on whether to install them.

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