Some of the most popular mobile health and fitness apps are sharing consumer data with third-party companies and putting potentially sensitive information at risk, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC tested 12 apps and found that this kind of information was sent to 76 third-party companies.
"Consumers reveal significant amounts of information about themselves when they use health and fitness apps. This includes everything from basic information about the devices and smartphones they are using to the precise metrics and characteristics of their bodies," said Jared Ho, an attorney in the FTC's Mobile Technology Unit, during a May 7 FTC seminar on the privacy ramifications of consumer generated and controlled health data.
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