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Friday, October 10, 2014

The doctor will spy on your now: Hospitals and insurance companies are using credit card data to monitor how patients eat, whether they belong to a gym and when they smoke

Doctors, hospitals and insurance companies have begun spying on patients using credit card data and other private details. 

Sneak a pack of cigarettes, let your gym membership lapse or start eating unhealthy foods and you could get a scolding phone call from your doctor or insurance provider.

The companies that are using the new tracking programs say the data allow doctors to make sure their patients stay healthy in between visits. The information also helps them to spot bad habits between they become harmful. 

Privacy advocates and many patients aren't impressed. They say the new technology is invasive and hurts the doctor-patient relationship.

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