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Is Location Data The Big Next Health Privacy Threat?

January 3, 2020

With smartphones in the hands of virtually anyone in the U.S. who wants one, they’re part of the background of our lives, quiet, surprisingly powerful assistants that bring much of the modern world into our hands.

But as a new investigation by The New York Times reminds us, they also generate a staggering amount of data on their users’ habits, some of which theoretically could be used to identify patients, dig up private personal information and track their comings and goings. This is bad news for the healthcare industry given that consumers aren’t so sure we’re doing a good job protecting their privacy as it is.

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