"Health and fitness apps, which help mobile phone users track everything from calorie intake to menstruation dates, can access and share personal data in a way that is concerning, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal." - (Business Day 21 June 2021).

The analysis of more than 20 000 apps found that inadequate privacy disclosures for many of them prevented users from making informed choices about their data. One third could collect user e-mail addresses and many more transmitted data to third parties such as advertisers.

The findings come as the pandemic further boosts mobile phone use and technology companies try to

balance privacy demands with the financial needs of developers and advertisers. Google said it would create a new safety section in its Play mobile-app store, while Apple debuted an anti-tracking feature this year.

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