Sneaky health apps share private information

MANY diabetes apps collect and share patients’ private information without their knowledge, US researchers warn.

An analysis of 211 Android diabetes apps has found 81% don’t have privacy policies. Of the 19% with a privacy policy, most of them state that they share user data with third parties without seeking express permission from the user.

Data collected by diabetes apps includes insulin and blood glucose levels, usually captured by tracking cookies.

“Patients might mistakenly believe that health information entered into an app is private