Tell the FTC: Health apps shouldn’t share our data

A stethoscope sits next to an open laptop
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Health data online poses serious privacy challenges.

Re: Document ID FTC-2023-0037-0001

Doctor’s offices and hospitals aren’t allowed to share our medical records with companies — and neither should online tools. But right now, health apps and websites are permitted to share our personally identifiable medical data with companies like Google and Facebook, who in turn use that private information to target us with ads — all without notifying us that our data was used this way.

I strongly support the proposed rule requiring all apps and websites collecting health information to notify the FTC and affected individuals of any unauthorized disclosure of personally identifiable health data — including sharing with tech companies and advertisers.