Why is the Kinsa app requesting my location?

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 without sacrificing privacy or the trust of our customers.

Here is what we will never share or sell:

  • any of your personal information
  • any information which could be used to identify you
  • any information which could be used to target you specifically

Here’s what we do with our illness signal, which contains no personal information of any kind:

  • Give it to elementary schools to help them stop illness from spreading, keeping kids in school learning.
  • Work with vaccine distributors to ensure that vaccines are being developed and sent where they are needed.
  • Let pharmacies know the areas where illness is rising so they can avoid running out of the products sick people need.
  • 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.

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.

For more information and additional legal details, please read through Kinsa’s Privacy Policy

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