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UK regulator to assess claims that UK health websites shared users’ sensitive data with third parties

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is investigating a Financial Times (FT) report that claims UK health websites are sharing sensitive data with third-party companies. The FT study found that 79% of health websites dropped cookies without the legally required consent, allowing third parties to track individuals. Websites such as WebMD, Healthline, Babycentre, and Bupa were found to be sharing medical information with companies including Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Oracle. Facebook and the ICO are also looking into the claims.

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