Telehealth startup Cerebral has revealed that it shared the private health information, including mental health assessments, of over 3.1 million US patients with advertisers and social media giants such as Facebook, Google, and TikTok. The startup, which collects patients' personal and health information, shared data in real-time by embedding trackers and other data-collecting code within its apps.
"Tech firms over the last few years have been exposed as sharing data with other companies and the government when they absolutely should not have been doing so. Unfortunately, privacy is not a cornerstone of today's tech startups. It is especially disappointing when we find that a telehealth startup is sharing personal medical information.
Unfortunately, customer data is the currency used on the internet these days, and companies like Cerebral are compromising our privacy, security, and safety. We've seen exposure of data sharing that, along with what seems like daily data breaches, puts us all at risk."