Fitness apps may be releasing your health info

Fitness apps may be releasing your health info

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by CBS News

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Posted on September 6, 2013 at 8:43 AM

(CBS) Smartphone apps that monitor health and fitness collect personal information, but these private details may be sold to advertisers and other companies.
 
Khaliah Barnes, of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the risks and how to protect your information.
 
She says if you use apps, free ones in particular, its best to use them to get your health goals and then remove them from your device.
 
Barnes says common sense will help you when it comes to online and smartphone privacy. In essence, if you wouldn't tell it (a health condition) to a stranger on the street, don't tell it to that free app you just downloaded.

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