Analyzing Privacy Practices of Existing mHealth Apps

Aarathi Prasad, Matthew Clark, Ha Nguyen, Ruben Ruiz, Emily Xiao

Abstract

Given students’ reliance on smartphones and the popularity of mobile health apps, care should be taken to protect students’ sensitive health information; one of the major potential risks of the disclosure of this data could be discrimination by insurance companies and employers. We conducted an exploratory study of 197 existing smartphone apps, which included 98 mobile health apps, to study their data collection, usage, sharing, storage and deletion practices. We present our findings from the analysis of privacy policies and permission requests of mHealth apps, and propose the need for a usable health data dashboard for users to better understand and control how their health data is collected, used, shared and deleted.

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in Harvard Style

Prasad A., Clark M., Nguyen H., Ruiz R. and Xiao E. (2020). Analyzing Privacy Practices of Existing mHealth Apps.In Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, ISBN 978-989-758-398-8, pages 563-570. DOI: 10.5220/0009059605630570


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf20,
author={Aarathi Prasad and Matthew Clark and Ha Nguyen and Ruben Ruiz and Emily Xiao},
title={Analyzing Privacy Practices of Existing mHealth Apps},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF,},
year={2020},
pages={563-570},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0009059605630570},
isbn={978-989-758-398-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF,
TI - Analyzing Privacy Practices of Existing mHealth Apps
SN - 978-989-758-398-8
AU - Prasad A.
AU - Clark M.
AU - Nguyen H.
AU - Ruiz R.
AU - Xiao E.
PY - 2020
SP - 563
EP - 570
DO - 10.5220/0009059605630570