Vital, for those of you who don’t know, is an emergency room software company. This software is supposed to help you decide whether you should go to the emergency room, or self-quarantine.
To be perfectly clear, this is what it says: “we may use a type of advertising commonly known as interest-based or online behavioral advertising”. Vital was fast to answer to BuzzFeed’s story, as the company’s spokesperson had to comment.
The company’s co-founder admits its mistake, and claims your data is safe
So, it seems like there’s nothing to worry about. Vital included such entry just for the peace of mind, and has no interest in selling your data to advertisers.
Vital’s COVID-19 symptom checker is made for Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. So, it’s not used across the US, just in some counties.
This tool asks you for several pieces of information when you run it. It asks for your age, gender, zip code, and symptoms. It also wants to know if you have any underlying health conditions.
The tool does collect information about location and web browsing history. So, it has quite a few information to use, and according to Vital, that information is safe.
Interestingly enough, Vital was co-founded by Aaron Patzer, the same person who founded Mint. Mint is a far more popular service for personal finance.