Majority of smart-phone health apps pose risks to users` privacy: Study

A new study has revealed that nearly three-quarters of 43 popular health and fitness mobile apps posed a medium-to-high risk to users` privacy.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2013, 20:28 PM IST

Washington: A new study has revealed that nearly three-quarters of 43 popular health and fitness mobile apps posed a medium-to-high risk to users` privacy.

A study by the non-profit Privacy Rights Clearninghouse found that 26 percent of the free apps and 40 percent of the paid versions do not have privacy policies at all, either in the app or on the developer`s website, Fox Business reports.

Even if some apps had the privacy policies, they failed to fully disclose the risks to users, the report added

The free and paid apps for Apple iOS and Android devices, includes 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.

According to the report, free apps were more likely to have privacy issues because they relied on advertising to make money.

ANI