Study: Popular Websites Share Users’ Health Search Data
Several websites share the results of users' health-related searches with third parties, according to a research letter published Monday in Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. In the letter, Marco Huesch -- a public policy researcher at the University of Southern California -- said that while most of the search information is used to boost users' website experience and target advertisements, the practice still raises significant privacy issues.
- "Health Sites May Be Sharing Search Terms" (Norman, Politico, 7/9).
- "Some Health Websites Share User Search Terms: Study" (Pittman, Reuters, 7/8).