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Assessment of the Data Sharing and Privacy Practices of Smartphone Apps for Depression and Smoking Cessation

Assessment of the Data Sharing and Privacy Practices of Smartphone Apps for Depression and Smoking Cessation

An article from the JAMA Open Network

Nathan E Botts 0 19883 Article rating: 5.0

An article posted in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified that some of the highest-ranking health apps used to assist people with mental health conditions (e.g. depression) and smoking cessation were sharing data with Facebook and Google services and that only a third disclosed such practices.

How to Navigate Health App Permissions

How to Navigate Health App Permissions

An assessment of the article from Wired magazine

Nathan E Botts 0 20348 Article rating: 5.0

SUBJECTIVE: This article published in Wired magazine discusses the long tail of privacy considerations that we need to think through when installing and giving permissions to apps on our smartphones, computers, and other internet connected devices. It brings to light the many different ways in which seemingly innocent functionalities that you turn on in apps can gather a lot of information that is often unknown to the user.

Why We Need to Remain Aware about Who is Collecting our Personal Health Information

Why We Need to Remain Aware about Who is Collecting our Personal Health Information

Facebook's efforts to collect personal health information from hospitals

Nathan E Botts 0 9287 Article rating: No rating

SUBJECTIVE: In an article reported by CNBC's Christina Farr it is reported that, "Facebook has asked several major U.S. hospitals to share anonymized data about their patients, such as illnesses and prescription info, for a proposed research project. Facebook was intending to match it up with user data it had collected, and help the hospitals figure out which patients might need special care or treatment." 

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