HealthDay News — Privacy policies for health programs – or “apps” – designed for smartphones that share highly sensitive medical information between patients and doctors are lacking, and often are completely missing, according to a study published in the March 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Sarah Blenner, JD, MPH, of the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, and colleagues focused on 211 diabetes-specific apps available for download in mid-2014 on Google Play. Blenner and her associates noted that Google Play mandates that all apps post a point-of-sale list of information-handling “permissions” that consumers must agree to before downloading, whether or not they’re actually read.
- Blenner SR, Kollmer M, Rouse AJ, et al. Privacy policies of Android Diabetes Apps and Sharing of Health Information. JAMA. 2016;315(10):1051-1052; doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.19426