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Privacy policies for health social networking sites

See on Scoop.itHealth Care Social Media Monitor

Health social networking sites (HSNS), virtual
communities where users connect with each other
around common problems and share relevant health
data, have been increasingly adopted by medical
professionals and patients. The growing use of HSNS like
Sermo and PatientsLikeMe has prompted public concerns
about the risks that such online data-sharing platforms
pose to the privacy and security of personal health data.
This paper articulates a set of privacy risks introduced by
social networking in health care and presents a practical
example that demonstrates how the risks might be
intrinsic to some HSNS. The aim of this study is to
identify and sketch the policy implications of using HSNS
and how policy makers and stakeholders should
elaborate upon them to protect the privacy of online
health data.

See on jamia.bmj.com

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