Browsing for health information online involves more than clicking on reliable websites. You also need to trust that the sites will respect your privacy.
Some free health-related sites can collect and use information about you, without your permission. For example, they can build a profile of you from your search interests and online behavior and then sell it to third parties for targeted advertising
The PFRC suggests that you check to see if the site displays the HONcode logo. This indicates that the site has been certified by the Health on the Net foundation and that it respects the organization’s eight principles, including protecting the user’s privacy.
To learn more, visit our page on Evaluating Online Health Information.
|Disclaimer: This information should not be considered as medical advice. It is not to be used in place of a visit with a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional. If you have questions about your individual medical situation, please consult with your healthcare professional.|