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Elizabeth Renstrom for TIME

How Health Websites Are Sharing Your Symptom Searches

Feb 24, 2015

Searching for symptoms of your sickness online can be a huge hassle, and now there's another headache to consider: your online privacy.

From for-profit sites like WebMD.com to government sites like CDC.gov, health websites are passing along your searches to third-party websites, according to a report in Motherboard.

The culprit? Many of these sites employ tracking tools that end up forwarding your searches onto big-name companies like Google and Facebook, along with lesser-known data brokers.

Read the rest of the story at Motherboard.

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