MobiHealth News May 11, 2022
Emily Olsen

The researchers found 20 of the 23 apps reviewed shared data with third parties. Only 16 displayed a privacy policy, and three collected data before consent.

Many popular women’s health apps fail to meet basic data privacy and security standards, according to a review published in JMIR.

The study analyzed 23 of the most downloaded and highest rated femtech apps on Apple’s App Store and Google Play by two independent reviewers on data privacy, data sharing and security assessment criteria. Sixteen of the apps were related to fertility, cycle tracking and pregnancy, while others focused on areas like breast and lung cancers, mental health, exercise and abortion. 

Researchers found all the apps included behavioral tracking, and 14 allowed location tracking....

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