‘Gezondheidswebsites often poorly protected’

‘Gezondheidswebsites often poorly protected’

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Websites with medical self-tests are not always properly protected, concludes the Consumers on the basis of own research. This can according to the organization, any sensitive personal information in the wrong hands.

The bond looked at eight websites, which tests to offer on topics such as depressieklachten, drinking and stress. According to the organization, sends the self-test of verslavingsinstituut Trimbos passwords, e-mail addresses, gender and age of users over an unsecure internet connection.

With the health insurer Menzis participants must pre-create an account and e-mail address, age, and gender to fill in. “This increases the likelihood of misuse of personal data, while for the test does not have the necessary information”, says the Consumers ‘ association.

Also, there are web sites with self-tests unsolicited cookies, allow companies, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google can see which sites it has visited.


Earlier it was mentioned that a quarter of the ziekenhuissites is not a secure connection. The sites use an http connection instead of an https connection, which data is not encrypted. This makes hackers easier to have the data sent to intercept.

A secure connection, recognizable by the letters “https” in the web address and a green padlock at the top left of the page, ensures that hackers from intercepting data. All data will be encrypted.

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