Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s recent study found that many health and fitness apps are lacking on the privacy front. The report evaluated 43 paid and free apps in the health and fitness categories on Google Play and and Apple’s App Store. The privacy-focused non-profit discovered that many of these apps lacked privacy policies, failed to encrypt data and failed to notify users that data is transmitted to third parties. “given the often sensitive nature of health data stored on wellness apps, which can range from weight loss trackers to blood glucose monitors, apps used for health purposes should be adhering to a much higher standard of privacy and security protection,” said Beth Givens, founder and director of PRC.
According to the report:
- 13 percent of free apps and 10 percent of paid apps encrypt all data connections and transmissions between the app and the developer’s website.
Perhaps if these developers had used PRC’s best practices for mobile apps, these apps would have received a better grade!