Ireland: Health sites are 'unlawfully' sharing medical data with Facebook and Google


Health-related websites are embedded with third-party trackers and cookies that may be leaking users’ sensitive medical data to internet giants for advertising purposes.

Special category data, such as the details of illnesses or conditions a user may search for on healthcare websites, are being shared with parties such as Facebook and Google, according to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC).

This transfer of data is either done through the use of explicit user profiles of

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