Health Information Websites

Tags:    information, interests, privacy health personal

Author: Robert Rich

Most frequently visited websites people use to search for health information.

Every month 100 million people search sites like WebMD and NIH for health information. Consumers do not realize that their “health interests” are collected, sold and used by a global data network to make decisions that impact everyday life.

Your Online Privacy Scorecard Health Information Websites explains how online privacy works and what people can do about it. Using criteria similar to the General Data Protection Regulation, only one of the top10 most frequently visited health information websites adequately protects the privacy of personal information!

  •   0 passed all checks
  •   6 failed one or more checks
  •   0 failed all checks within a group
  •   4 failed critical checks

Take the results shown on this page with a grain of salt! Some of our checks may report wrong results.

What is this? This page shows a summary of a machine-generated analysis of several web pages commissioned by a PrivacyScore user. During the analysis it was checked whether the privacy of the visitors is protected on a technical level as well as possible when visiting the given Internet addresses, and whether the operator uses common security mechanisms on the website. This can indicate how seriously an operator takes data protection. However, it is not possible to determine the actual security level achieved.  More details please!

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At the moment we only provide one ranking scheme that consists of the following categories: NoTrack, EncWeb, Attacks, and EncMail. We perform a priorized sort to obtain the ranking: We start with the first category, sorting the sites according to their rating:         . Sites with an identical rating in a category are further sorted considering the next category to the right. This procedure is repeated until all categories have been considered.

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# URL NoTrack
EncWeb
Attacks
EncMail
Rating
1 http://www.drugs.com/ / 2020-04-23 @ 00:03:13
2 http://www.healthline.com/ / 2020-04-23 @ 00:04:27
3 http://www.nih.gov/health-information / 2020-04-23 @ 00:04:57
4 http://www.mayoclinic.com/ / 2020-04-23 @ 00:05:23
5 http://www.health.com/ / 2020-04-23 @ 00:05:01
6 http://www.everydayhealth.com/ / 2020-05-26 @ 05:42:37
7 http://www.webmd.com/ / 2020-04-23 @ 00:03:19
8 http://www.medicinenet.com/ / 2020-04-23 @ 00:05:07
9 http://www.mercola.com/ / 2020-04-23 @ 00:04:55
10 http://www.healthgrades.com/ / 2020-05-04 @ 18:32:33

Sites excluded from scans

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