NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced March 23 that his office has settled with three health-related mobile applications after allegations of misleading claims and irresponsible privacy practices.


To settle the claims, the makers of each application agreed to amend the allegedly deceptive statements about their apps, modify privacy practices to better protect consumers, and make it clear to consumers that their apps are not medical devices and are also not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


The applications involved in the settlements are Cardiio, which alleged to measure heart rate; Runtastic, which says it measures heart rate and cardiovascular performance under stress; and Matis, which alleges to turn smartphones into fetal heart monitors.


“Mobile health apps can benefit consumers if they function as advertised, do not make misleading claims, and protect sensitive user information,” Schneiderman said. “However, my office will not hesitate to take action against developers that disseminate unfounded information that is both deceptive and potentially harmful to everyday consumers.”

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