Today's tip: read the fine print on health apps – if you can

A few weeks ago, ­Australian Doctor reported on a study that exposed how far and wide health data can spread when patients enter it into ‘free’ medicine-related apps.

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It showed that information added into 24 apps ended up in the hands of 237 organisations.

But the study didn’t answer the question of whether patients can make informed decisions on how their health data is used.

The way people gloss over online terms and conditions has been exposed before — perhaps most colourfully by a UK video games store.

In 2010, the