It Is Becoming Much Harder to Access Mental Health Support Anonymously


From Slate: “Mental health data is incredibly personal, and much of the current internet ecosystem is designed to vacuum it up and monetize it. If you browse an addiction support website, could your browser history be used against you? And if a doctor prescribes you with a mental health app, who could access the data it generates? These are valid questions that have been percolating among the experts who design and research these systems, as well as mental health activists and service user advocates.  Now, as the tech is suddenly scaling up, is the ideal time to ensure the apps and platforms are designed with the highest ethical standards, and in ways that respect users’ digital rights.