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Facebook is receiving sensitive medical information from hospital websites

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Facebook is receiving sensitive medical information from hospital websites

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By: Todd Feathers, Simon Fondrie-Teitler, Angie Waller, and Surya Mattu A tracking tool installed on many hospitals’ websites has been collecting patients’ sensitive health information—including details about their medical conditions, prescriptions, and doctor’s appointments—and sending it to Facebook.

The Markup tested the websites of Newsweek’s top 100 hospitals in America.

On 33 of them we found the tracker, called the Meta Pixel, sending Facebook a packet of data whenever a person clicked a button to schedule a doctor’s appointment.


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Author / Journalist: The Markup

Category: Technology

Topics: Website Health Hospitals Hospital Pixel Button Information Facebook Data Markup Meta

Source Website Secure: Yes (HTTPS)

News Sentiment: Neutral

Fact Checked: Legitimate

Article Type: News Report

Published On: 2022-06-21, 06:03:42

News Timezone: GMT +1:00

News Source URL: thenextweb.com

Language: English

Reading Time: 17 minutes read

Article Length: 2942 words

Coverage Area: Netherlands

Availability: Desktop Web, Mobile Web

News ID: 1595

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