Privacy Concerns Surrounding Personal Information Sharing on Health and Fitness Mobile Apps

Privacy Concerns Surrounding Personal Information Sharing on Health and Fitness Mobile Apps

Devjani Sen (Algonquin College, Canada) and Rukhsana Ahmed (University at Albany, SUNY, USA)
Release Date: August, 2020|Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 335
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3487-8
ISBN13: 9781799834878|ISBN10: 1799834875|EISBN13: 9781799834892|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799834885
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Description & Coverage
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Health and fitness apps collect various personal information including name, email address, age, height, weight, and in some cases, detailed health information. When using these apps, many users trustfully log everything from diet to sleep patterns. However, by sharing such personal information, end-users may make themselves targets to misuse of this information by unknown third parties, such as insurance companies. Despite the important role of informed consent in the creation of health and fitness applications, the intersection of ethics and information sharing is understudied and is an often-ignored topic during the creation of mobile applications.

Privacy Concerns Surrounding Personal Information Sharing on Health and Fitness Mobile Apps is a key reference source that provides research on the dangers of sharing personal information on health and wellness apps, as well as how such information can be used by employers, insurance companies, advertisers, and other third parties. While highlighting topics such as data ethics, privacy management, and information sharing, this publication explores the intersection of ethics and privacy using various quantitative, qualitative, and critical analytic approaches. It is ideally designed for policymakers, software developers, mobile app designers, legal specialists, privacy analysts, data scientists, researchers, academicians, and upper-level students.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Cyber Security
  • Data Ethics
  • Data Ownership
  • Data Privacy
  • Health Technologies
  • Information Sharing
  • Intellectual Property Laws
  • Privacy Management
  • Secure Data
  • Wearable Technologies
Reviews and Testimonials

“Apps for fitness and training have emerged to show distance, heart rate, power, and altitude. Attractively mapped, these records of our daily activity have begun to surface in our networks and in the public realm. Many questions arise when we consider how corporations, insurance companies, or other organizations may use this digital information. Now, digital privacy needs to catch up to all the GPS recordings: this book begins the conversation on these and other important questions about the use of health and fitness apps in current society.”

– Prof. Dr. Kevin Pottie, MD, CT Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, Bruyère Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada

“A must-read primer for academics and those working in the fields of healthcare to understand the evolution of health apps and wearable technologies and privacy. This book sets the stage for evaluating the timely and sensitive topics of individual privacy and if current laws/measures are enough for all stakeholders, namely the patient/consumer. As the progression of COVID-19 pandemic continues as of this writing, new health data surveillance systems are being implemented by governments globally and where new standards and regulations become a social priority. This is a must read backgrounder for advanced level graduate courses and healthcare professionals in understanding the progression of health privacy and technology.”

– Prof. Trina Ogilvie, Founder, Human Data Inc.
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Professor, Algonquin College, Canada.
Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University at Albany, SUNY.
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