Who's Keeping an Eye on Your Online Health Records?

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Because there are no laws that directly protect a user’s online health information, all of the vendors who sell weight scales and/or blood glucose and pressure monitors that can send data directly to services like HealthVault set their own privacy policies, which means some will be weaker than others. “There isn’t anyone to regulate the security and privacy of the personal health information records,” says Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit Washington, D.C.–based public advocacy group that focuses on the impact of technology on individual rights. “It is not a very good landscape for consumers in regards to very sensitive health information.”

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