FTC Raises Concerns Over Security of PHI Collected By Mobile Apps

Before Congress Wednesday, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill raised concerns about mobile health apps sharing users' protected health information with third parties, according to a report in Reuters.

She advocated for greater consumer control over their health information and continued to urge Congress to tighten data collection laws to prevent sensitive information from being passed along without consent, according to the report.

Ms. Brill's comments follow an FTC report that found about 39 percent of the commercially available free health apps and 30 percent of the paid apps sent data to a party not disclosed either in the privacy policy or anywhere in the app itself.

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