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Health, wellness apps pose risks to consumer privacy

While there are federal regulations governing how personal health data is shared, only a fraction of the increasingly popular consumer apps on the market are actually regulated, leaving enormous amounts of information largely unprotected.

As a result, Americans should be concerned about how these apps collect and share their personal health data. That’s the warning being made by Rice University medical media expert Kirsten Ostherr in a presentation at today’s “Data Privacy in the Digital Age” symposium hosted in Washington by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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