Maps, Apps, and Privacy Data Visualizations

Thousands of complaints about kids’ expensive bites of Apple’s “in-app purchases” draw attention from the FTC

It sounds so innocent: the Tap Pet Hotel app for kids. But one mother complained to the FTC that her child tapped up $2,600 of in-app purchases up while using the app. Other parents complained about unauthorized purchases by children of up to $500 for apps like Dragon Story and Tiny Zoo Friends. These, and

Health Information Exchanges in California

WPF’s new interactive map identifies Health Information Exchanges in California. A Health Information Exchange, or HIE, is technology that enables the electronic movement of health-related information among health care providers and others. HIEs are an increasingly popular way for hospitals, pharmacies, labs, and emergency room physicians to share patient information. HIEs can exchange records across one hospital, across multiple hospitals in a region, or across a whole state. If your health information is being shared through an HIE, your lab test results, medications, medical history, or other clinical information related to your health care may be included in the sharing. See more about HIEs and our California HIE Map here.

New Medical Identity Theft map

Medical ID theft — The World Privacy Forum has released a new map that reveals the geography of medical identity theft. This is the first map of its kind, and is based on the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Sentinel data. The map is interactive, and gives details on the cities where medical identity theft occurred over the course of a year. The World Privacy Forum published the first report on medical identity theft in 2006, coining the term in the report and bringing the crime to public attention. WPF continues to actively research this important privacy issue.