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The Privacy Risks Of Some Health And Fitness Apps

Evening Edition

Aired 7/18/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Beth Givens, director, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

Craig Michael Lie Nijie, CEO, Kismet Worldwide Consulting

Transcript

It's become second nature for many of us to use applications on our smartphones to organize our daily lives.

Many find using fitness or wellness apps are a great way to monitor their health, keep tabs on their mental state or track their diets.

But a new study finds that privacy may be at risk when using health apps on your mobile phone.

Beth Givens, director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse says no one should assume any data is private in the mobile app environment. In some cases, third parties can access all this private health data and use it for purposes you never sanctioned.

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sandramartin3008 | July 18, 2013 at 10:52 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

Using apps for fitness has become a trend now! Trusted apps wouldn't be invading privacy. I like this awesome new app called http://www.motivade.com I recently downloaded the android app for it from http://bit.ly/121gefn which has amazing social networking features which allow you to share your workout with friends.

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