Personal Health Records and Privacy


Fact Sheet C7Personal Health Records and Privacy

Mobile Health and Fitness Apps: What Are the Privacy Risks?


Fact Sheet 39Mobile Health and Fitness Apps:
What Are the Privacy Risks?

Medical Information Covered by Laws Other than HIPAA


Fact Sheet C8Medical Information Covered by Laws Other than HIPAA

Beyond the Doctor's Office: privacy laws may apply in situations you haven't considered.


Fact Sheet C9Beyond the Doctor's Office:
privacy laws may apply in situations you haven't considered.

The "Gray Areas": Is Your Health Privacy Protected?


Fact Sheet C10The "Gray Areas":
Is Your Health Privacy Protected?

Sample Letter to Request Medical Records


Sample letter: request medical records as allowed by HIPAA.

 

 

 

 

[Your name]
[Your address]
[Date]

Keep Prescription Information Private


Sample letter to a pharmacy requesting medical information be kept private and not sold to marketers or pharmaceutical companies.

 

 

Date

Your Name
Mailing Address
City, State, Zip

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Releases Study: Mobile Health and Fitness Apps: What Are the Privacy Risks?


Many individuals use mobile apps to monitor their health, learn about specific medical conditions, and help them achieve personal fitness goals.  Apps in the “wellness” space include those that support diet and exercise programs; pregnancy trackers; behavioral and mental health coaches; symptom checkers that can link users to local health services; sleep and relaxation aids; and personal disease or chronic condition managers.   

After studying 43 popular health and fitness apps (both free and paid) from both a consumer and technical perspective, it is clear that there are considerable privacy risks for users – and that the privacy policies for those apps that have policies do not describe those risks. However, these apps appeal to a wide range of consumers because they can be beneficial, convenient, and are often free to use. 

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