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Mental health apps are sharing data without proper disclosure

A handful of these apps (which reveals issues like depression and quitting smoking). As the University of Toronto's Qunn Grundy (not involved in the study) told The VergeThis info could give outsiders a picture of your mental health that you might not want to share. You might see ads for health consultations or even addictive substances.

The immediate solution is a familiar one: verify that an app has a privacy policy, and check it out. Study co-author John Torous also suggested sticking to apps from more trustworthy sources like health care providers and the government. In the long term, though, there may be stricter requirements to ensure that your health information only goes where it's truly necessary.

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