Health apps can be a great way to stay on top of your health. They let users keep track of things like their exercise, mental health, menstrual cycles — even the quality of their skin.

But health researchers Giulia De Togni and Andrea Ford have found that many of these health apps also have a dark side — selling your most personal data to third parties like advertisers, insurers and tech companies. Their research makes clear that surveillance capitalism is here. You are the commodity.

Giulia and Andrea think the story doesn't have to stop here.

Their rebuttal to all this surveillance, of the commodification of our behaviors as users is simple: personal empowerment and regulation.

Period18 Jan 2022

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleNPR Podcast Short Wave - Episode on Health Apps and Surveillance Capitalism: "When Tracking Your Period Lets Companies Track You"
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNPR
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size15 minutes
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    DescriptionScience Podcast
    Producer/AuthorNPR, hosted by Emily Kwong
    PersonsGiulia De Togni, Andrea Ford


  • AI
  • Apps
  • Surveillance Capitalism
  • Privacy
  • Health Data
  • Period Tracking
  • New Technologies
  • Medicine
  • Anthropology
  • Future
  • Ethical Issues
  • Health Apps
  • Smart Phones
  • Podcast