Grindr reportedly shared user's HIV status and location data with third party companies

Grindr reportedly shared user’s HIV status and location data with third party companies

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A data analysis conducted by an outside research firm, and independently verified by BuzzFeed News, shows that Grindr, the popular gay dating app is sharing its users’ HIV status with two other companies. (Update: Late on Monday 2nd of April Grindr said it would stop sharing this information.) The gay hookup app Grindr, which has […]

Could your Fitbit data be used to deny you health insurance?

Could your Fitbit data be used to deny you health insurance?

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Wearing a fitness tracking device could earn you cash from your health insurance company. At first, this sounds lucrative for the people who participate, and good for the companies, who want healthier insurance customers. But it’s not quite so simple. Under the program, people who have certain health insurance coverage plans with UnitedHealthcare can elect […]

Wearable Tech and Fitness Apps Is Plugging Into Health Insurance

Wearable Tech and Fitness Apps Is Plugging Into Health Insurance

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Greater health monitoring would naturally put wearables in a very gray area on privacy. It would go beyond giving doctors deeper access to your data, to giving health payers — the big names like United Health, Kaiser Foundation Group, Humana Group and Aetna, along with self-insured employers — access to data to help them create more detailed risk profiles on insured workforces and put a lid […]

A Deep Dive Into the Privacy and Security Risks for Health, Wellness and Medical Apps

A Deep Dive Into the Privacy and Security Risks for Health, Wellness and Medical Apps

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on February 9, issued “Mobile Medical Applications: Guidance for Food and Drug Administration Staff,” in which it solidified its decision not to actively regulate health and wellness apps—as well as a host of medical-related apps. Companies breathed a collective sigh of relief, and there have even been pronouncements, by […]