PTSD Coach

PTSD Coach

Fecha de la reseña: 20 de Abril de 2022

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PTSD Coach is a free self-help app created by the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. It is designed to help military service members and veterans mainly, and others secondarily, manage symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder such as anger, sleep problems, suicidal thoughts, and help with relaxation and self-talk. The US Department of Veterans Affairs also offers a handful of other self-help and treatment companion apps designed to help people manage PTSD. All these apps use the same privacy policy which clearly states "no data that could be used to identify you is sent to VA or third parties." This is good. And lawmakers have questioned the VA on their app privacy review practices to make sure they are strict and protect their users, which is also good. From what we can tell, this app seems to do a good job protecting users' privacy.

¿Qué podría pasar si algo falla?

This app doesn't collect personal information, and so it can't share any personal information. Yay! The US Department of Veteran Affairs has -- and follows -- strict privacy rules, which the app seems to adhere to. Again, yay! And the apps privacy policy makes clear what anonymous usage data is collected, what it is used for, and how to turn off the sharing of that data. A third yay! If we had to find one concern with this app, it's that it hasn't been updated in the Google Play store since July, 2020. Nearly two years without an update doesn't mean anything is wrong. It does show that no security updates have been done (hopefully because they haven't been needed) in a while. This is probably nothing major. We're just noting this as it's good when apps are updated when needed.

What's the worst that could happen? Well, hopefully nothing at all. If you want to make sure no one knows you are using this app, it's always good to passcode protect your phone and not use the app around anyone you wouldn't want to see you using it. Overall, this is one of the best privacy protecting apps we reviewed and that is a very good thing for an app targeted at service members who need help managing PTSD.

Consejos para protegerte

  • If you would like to turn off sending this anonymous usage information, go to the Settings menu, look for "Anonymous Usage Data," and flip the switch to the "off" setting.
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¿Qué se puede usar para registrarse?

¿Qué datos recopila la empresa?

¿Cómo utiliza la empresa estos datos?

When you use a PTSD Coach mobile app, no data that could be used to identify you is sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs or third parties. Any information that you enter into the app, such as names, phone numbers, addresses, images, or music, cannot be accessed, stored, or shared by VA.

The app does collect anonymous information about how people use the app. It is only used to improve how well the app works. They often use this information to correct technical problems in the apps. This information cannot be linked to any personal information about you and will never be shared with a third party.

¿Cómo puedes controlar el uso de tus datos?

PTSD Coach's privacy policy states how to turn off the sharing of anonymous usage data: "f you would like to turn off sending this anonymous usage information, go to the Settings menu, look for "Anonymous Usage Data," and flip the switch to the "off" setting."

¿Qué historial tiene la compañía en cuanto a la protección de los datos de los usuarios?

Promedio

No known privacy or security incidents discovered in the last 3 years.

Información sobre privacidad infantil

We did not find information about children privacy in their privacy policy.

¿El producto se puede usar sin conexión?

No se puede determinar

¿La información de privacidad es fácil de entender?

PTSD Coach has an easy to read and understand privacy policy.

Enlaces a información de privacidad

¿El producto cumple nuestros estándares mínimos de seguridad? Información

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Contraseña fuerte

Actualizaciones de seguridad

Gestiona las vulnerabilidades

Everyone who found a bug can report it to https://bugcrowd.com/va-vdp

Política de privacidad

It's a little hard to find, but it is there on the National Center for PTSD page run by the US Department of Veterans Affairs

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Noticias

Lawmakers press VA officials on app privacy
Modern Healthcare
Lawmakers on Wednesday pressed leaders from the Veterans Affairs Department on how the agency reviews apps for inclusion in the VA App Store, its marketplace of nearly 50 smartphone apps designed to help veterans manage their healthcare.
VA mobile apps for PTSD and related problems: public health resources for veterans and those who care for them
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Many public health agencies, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), have identified the use of mobile technologies as an essential part of a larger strategy to address major public health challenges. The VA’s National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), in collaboration with VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and the Defense Health Agency inside the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), has been involved in the development, evaluation, and testing of 15 mobile apps designed specifically to address the needs and concerns of veterans and others experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Top 10 Free Mental Health Apps in 2022
Psych Central
Many of us rely on apps to help us meet our daily goals and manage our lives. One other area in which this tech can come in handy is in managing and tracking mental health and wellness. That’s why Psych Central has highlighted some of our favorite mobile apps designed to improve mental wellness. The apps on this list may not be useful only for your personal mental health mobile toolkit (and for referring to clients, if you’re a mental health professional), but they’re also all free to download — making them good options if your budget is tight.

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