Monday, August 15, 2022

Study: Addiction and depression applications share user data with Facebook


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

A recent study involving 36 mental health applications revealed that 29 of them shared user data for ads or analytics on Facebook and Google, without the knowledge of their users.

According to the site verge, six out of twelve Facebook-related applications reported to users what happened, while 12 out of the 28 applications associated with Google did the same, and out of the full set, only 25 applications had policies that show how to use the data in any form.

A handful of these special applications help users to treat depression and quit smoking, particularly sensitive data such as health diaries and the use of voluntary substances, Quinn Grundy Assistant Professor with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto told t he Verge: “This information can give strangers a picture of your mental health you may not want to share, you may see ads for health consulting or even addictive substances.”

All users have to do is to verify that the application has a privacy policy, as well as to know where your data will go before using the application seriously.

The co-author, John Toro, also suggested installing applications from trusted sources such as health care providers and government.

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