A cross-sectional study found that “top-ranked” mental health apps are sharing their user’s data to third parties.
A cross-sectional study revealed that “top-ranked” mental health apps are sharing their user’s data to third parties.
According to a report titled ‘Assessment of the Data Sharing and Privacy Practices of Smartphone Apps for Depression and Smoking Cessation’ 32 of 36 unspecified, “top-ranked” mental health apps share data with third-parties.
The study also found that “29 of 36 apps (81%) transmitted data for advertising and marketing purposes or analytics to just 2 commercial entities, Google and Facebook, but only 12 of 28 (43%) transmitting data to Google+ and 6 of 12 (50%) transmitting data to Facebook disclosed this.”
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