The Complexity of Mental Health App Privacy Policies: A Potential Barrier to Privacy.
BACKGROUND: In 2017, the Supreme Court of India ruled that privacy is a fundamental right of every citizen. Although mobile phone apps have the potential to help people with noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes and mental illness, they often contain complex privacy policies, which consumers may not understand. This complexity may impede the ability of consumers to make decisions regarding privacy, a critical issue due to the stigma of mental illness.
OBJECTIVE: Our objective is to determine whether mental health apps have more complex privacy policies than diabetes apps.