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Few things worry Kirsten Ostherr more than how our personal health data is being used.

The director of Rice University’s Medical Futures Lab is concerned about many Americans using apps or wearable devices that collect data without their knowing that companies may sell or share their personal information. She believes the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates only a small fraction of the apps available for smartphone users, has “fundamentally different and really contradictory” regulations for the collection of health data for clinical purposes as opposed to those primarily used by consumers.

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