@Verge — #Health #Apps Can Change Their Terms Of Service Without Users’ Knowledge; #Tech #Privacy #Regulation

New York (The Verge) — Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge trib.al/qKHp6Uj.

Companies developing health apps can unilaterally decide to change their terms of service. By continuing to use the apps, customers are agreeing to those new terms — even if they don’t know the changes went into effect.

That’s even true for health apps, which collect sensitive and personal information on their users. These apps collect health data, but often, they are not governed by HIPAA, the law that says health care providers have to keep health information private. Companies developing health apps can unilaterally decide to change their terms of service and might only post the changes to their website or let their customers know about the changes via email — without giving them a chance to agree to the new terms. That means someone might sign up when a company promises a certain level of privacy, but that policy could change after they’ve already provided months’ worth of data. Nicole Wetsman/@verge

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