Change the privacy policies in Health Tracking Apps

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We propose that adjustments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) are changed to adapt to the changes in society. Specifically the technological changes in health tracking and health care. One of the largest issues regarding health tracking apps (such as FitBit) is that data is not protected. This is considered health data and is often distributed to third-parties without user awareness. Waël Hassan, PhD., states "if you have a mobile health app in the Apple Store that allows citizens to manage their personal health and wellness, their data isn’t protected by HIPAA" (Hassan, 2015). Although this petition is only geared towards change in Ontario, we hope this change can be moved to Canadian Government and later, worldwide. 



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