December 14, 2022
Health IT
  • A joint investigation of 50 direct-to-consumer telehealth companies, conducted by STAT and The Markup, revealed that many were leaking sensitive medical information they collect to the world’s largest advertising platforms. Thirteen of the 50 websites had at least one tracker — from Meta, Google, TikTok, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. — that collected patients’ answers to medical intake questions. Another 25 websites had trackers that told at least one big tech platform that the user had added an item like a prescription medication to their cart, or checked out with a subscription for a treatment plan. (Article here)