Some 81 percent of diabetes apps in the Google Play store did not offer privacy policies, according to a study of 211 apps published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
This most recently published JAMA study was conducted by researchers from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2014. In January of that year the team identified a total of 271 diabetes-focused Android apps by searching the Google Play store for the term diabetes and chose a random 75 for further analysis. The researchers then waited six months, in which time 60 of the apps became unavailable, so researchers ended up with 211 apps total and 65 that would be further examined.
The analysis of the 65 apps selected randomly, researchers found that 76 percent of the apps didn’t have privacy policies and within this group, 11 apps disclosed the fact that they shared data with third parties, while eight didn’t. In the randomly selected group, 86 percent of the apps had tracking cookies.