Sneaky Ways Wellness Apps Invade Your Privacy

Nancy Collamer reports:

As useful as health apps and fitness apps may be, a stunning new report from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer education and advocacy nonprofit, says they may also pose “considerable privacy risks” for users.

The group came to this conclusion after studying 43 of the most popular wellness apps (half for iPhones, half for Androids; 23 free and 20 paid). Many of the apps, the study noted, collect a hefty amount of personal information, including the user’s name, email address, age, gender, height, weight, lifestyle habits (diet, exercise, etc.) and prescription records.

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