The Private Sector Steps In to Protect Online Health Privacy, but Critics Say It Can’t Be Trusted

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Kaiser Health News

Most people have at least a vague sense that someone somewhere is doing mischief with the data footprints created by their online activities: Maybe their use of an app is allowing that company to build a profile of their habits, or maybe they keep getting followed by creepy ads. It’s more than a feeling. Many companies in the health tech sector — which provides services that range from mental health counseling to shipping attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder pills through the mail — have shockingly leaky privacy practices. A guide released this month by the Mozilla Foundation found that 26…

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