(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.
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
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.
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.”