Kinsa’s Privacy Principle:
Personally identifiable information should not be used without a user’s permission and ongoing awareness. Fully anonymized data should be used to benefit society.
At Kinsa, we strongly believe that companies have a responsibility to help society as long as they can do so without ever sacrificing privacy. We also believe that the spread of illness is one of the biggest problems the world faces, and that to stop it, we must know where and when it is starting. We founded Kinsa to do just that — to use anonymous information from people who have just fallen ill, with their permission and awareness, to help them and their communities get and stay healthy.
Here’s what we do with our illness signal:
- Let pharmacies know the areas where illness is rising so they can avoid running out of the products sick people need.
- Work with vaccine distributors to ensure that vaccines are being developed and sent where they are needed.
- Give it to elementary schools to help them stop illness from spreading, keeping kids in school learning.
- Offer regional illness level information to local news stations when illness levels spike, so they can help their audiences take precaution.
- Help companies direct their marketing to sicker areas only if their products are proven to improve public health.
- Publish population health insights at healthweather.us, to serve as an early warning system for public health first-responders
Here is what we will never do:
- Sell our signal to companies that make false health claims, who plan to direct digital advertising to sick areas.
- Sell personally identifiable or individual data. We’ve been approached to do this many times. We have specifically designed our business model and products not to do it.
While we have taken every precaution and followed every regulation regarding privacy (including adhering to HIPAA), you are in complete control of the data you share with us. Whether on iPhone or Android, our app specifically asks you to opt-in to share your location. If you choose to deny that request, your location data is not shared with us at all, and therefore you do not contribute to our illness signal. You can also opt-out at any time by following these steps: kinsa.help/TurnOffLocation . However, this means you will not be contributing to Kinsa’s mission to stop illness from spreading.