The privacy problem with health-related apps is linked to insecure coding
Posted Oct 7, 2021 from digitalhealth.net
In his next column for Digital Health, Davey Winder, explores the privacy issues surrounding health-related apps.
A study published in the British Medical Journal has served to confirm an inconvenient truth: mobile health apps may not be as private as you think. I’m not convinced that’s the biggest issue with mobile health apps, truth be told.
The cross sectional study, authored by Gioacchino Tangari, Muhammad Ikram, Kiran Ijaz, Mohamed Ali Kaafar and Shlomo Berkovsky, set itself the objective of analysing what user data is collected by health and fitness related apps on Google Play and thus reveal any associated risks to privacy.