Senators press telehealth companies on data-sharing practices

Senators press telehealth companies on data-sharing practices

The concern is companies tracking personally identifiable health data with social media platforms for advertising purposes. Four U.S. Senators from opposing political parties are pressing three telehealth providers for more information about their data-sharing policies and urging them to safeguard customers' private health information. The senators, Susan Collins (R-ME), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), expressed their concern over claims that these online health companies track and share the personally identifiable health information of their customers with social media platforms for commercial purposes. According to the senators, these findings contradict firm assurances to potential clients that user data, especially details regarding mental health and addiction treatment, will be kept private. The trio of senators wrote to the telehealth businesses Monument, Workit Health, and Cerebral, asking them to give the full list of inquiries.

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