WebMD Statement on ABC Good Morning America

Sep 22, 2015, 14:42 ET from WebMD Health Corp.

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ: WBMD) today issued the following statement in response to a story that aired this morning on ABC's Good Morning America.

In its piece, "Online Medical Searches May Be Sold to the Highest Bidder," ABC's Dr. Richard Besser asserts "some medical websites collect data from consumer searches and sometimes sell it to businesses including drug companies." 

Although ABC's story implies otherwise, WebMD absolutely does not under any circumstances sell a user's personally identifiable information, including information related to search queries, to anyone.  WebMD makes every effort to ensure that the activities users conduct on our sites are protected and remain private.

These privacy practices extend to our work with third parties. WebMD contractually requires that all of our business partners employ strict measures to ensure our user's personally identifiable information is protected, and never shared without a user's consent. 

WebMD's business is based on the trust that our users have in our products, services and practices, and we work to earn that trust every day.

ABC's story creates an implication regarding our practices that is untrue and incorrectly represents our commitment to our users.   

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