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Today Think Progress published an article titled “Popular Health Websites May Be Sharing Your Personal Medical Data With Third Parties.”
The article’s author Sy Mukherjee writes:
Popular and free commercial health websites including Drugs.com and Men’s Health Magazine track medical searches on their webpages and leak them to third parties, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. That means personal and sensitive search terms related to Americans’ health — like “herpes” or “suicidal thoughts” — may be being passed on without consumers’ knowledge.
The University of Southern California’s Marco Huesch visited 20 of the most popular health-related websites, using both privacy and commercial software to determine whether the pages used tracking cookies and sent along that information to third parties. Huesch found that 13 out of the 20 sites he visited used some sort of search tracking tool, and seven actively sent search term data to other sources. Government and professional medical group sites were less likely to track user data than commercial ones.
Today Talking Points Memo published an AP article titled “Congress Divided Over Aid to Egypt.”
The article reads:
While the Obama administration throws its support behind Egypt’s military, some members of Congress are looking at withholding some or all of America’s annual $1.5 billion aid package if a civilian government isn’t quickly restored.
Without the administration’s support, that’s a high hurdle. But after watching the violence spiral in recent days in Cairo and elsewhere, more lawmakers are questioning whether the Egyptian military’s ouster of Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government last week must be defined as a “coup” and how the U.S. should leverage the only significant element of influence it has in Egypt.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday Huff Post College published an article titled “Wesleyan Rape Victim Pushes Back Against Fraternity’s Attempt To Reveal Her Name In Lawsuit.”
The article’s author Tyler Kingkade writes:
Attorneys for a woman who was raped at the Wesleyan University Beta Theta Pi house filed a motion in federal court last week that accused the fraternity of trying to intimidate the victim by forcing the court to reveal her identity.
The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in court documents, has proceeded anonymously to date in her civil lawsuit against the fraternity, its national organization and Wesleyan for her rape at the Beta house in October 2010.
The fraternity argued in a motion filed in U.S. District Court last month that Doe should not be granted anonymity while making what they characterize as defamatory statements against Beta, such as claiming in court filings the Wesleyan chapter in Middletown, Conn., was known as a “rape factory” on campus.
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