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    Privacy Issues for Those Who Use a Smart Phone App to Manage Diabetes

    I know there are several people on the Forum who have diabetes. I do not have a Smart Phone, but some of you may use an app. This short warning was in the latest issue of the Diabetes Forecast magazine:

    "If you use a smartphone app to manage your diabetes, you might want to check whether it protects your privacy. In analyzing diabetes apps, researchers found that a whopping 81 per cent didn't spell out any privacy policies. And simply having such a policy doesn't mean that the app will keep your data private. Most of the 41 apps with available privacy policies collected users' data--such as insulin doses, blood glucose levels, and even your GPS locations--and half shared the information with third parities, such as advertisers. Only four policies said the company would ask users for permission before sharing the information. Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, published online March 8, 2016."

    So ~ Users Beware!

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    Re: Privacy Issues for Those Who Use a Smart Phone App to Manage Diabetes

    Thanks for sharing this. I'm not all that fussed about privacy as long as it's not personal info...but if the app is going to be full of ads then I likely wouldn't use it anyway. My glucometer comes with a chord (which I have to request be sent to me for some weird reason) that allows me to track on my own computer, so that is what I will likely use.

    Or are you referring to carb counting apps? I don't have any apps yet but was going to ask you guys about them today!

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      Re: Privacy Issues for Those Who Use a Smart Phone App to Manage Diabetes

      Nothing was mentioned in the article about carb counting. It was about tracking your glucose numbers, meds, etc.

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