Apple’s collection of health data in the spotlight

Competition authorities in the United States demanding guarantees that sensitive personal information from Apple’s healthcare universe does not go on to others.

The US authorities require guaranteed by IT giant Apple that the many sensitive personal data, which are collected by iPhones, iPad tablet PCs and the forthcoming Apple Watches, will not be provided or used without its owner has explicitly said yes to it.

According to news agency Reuters, the Competition Authority Federal Trade Commission in recent months held several meetings with Apple to emphasize that Apple can not sell user health data to third parties such. advertisers or allow external developers working for Apple, do it.

Great concern for new goldmine

The collection of health data is done through Apple’s new HealthKit software, which is part of the latest update of the mobile operating system iOS that works on iPhone phones and iPad tablet computers. It is part of a wave where technology giants have all thrown themselves to deliver programs and features that make everyone able to keep track of how existing health have it, so you can react and live healthy.

However, there is great concern that these many health data has never been collected in and therefore is a pure treasure trove of data on top of everything that already are collected, can seriously undermine privacy and data protection as one is entitled to.

Therefore, the FTC also gone into the case, although Apple claim that HealthKit is designed to personal data protection.

Tightens Privacy Policy

FTC will not comment on that discussions are demanding a guarantee, but the FTC is particularly attentive to the so-called smartwatch that Apple has showcased but first launches during 2015. The clock can for example, measure the pulse and collect other health information.

The FTC has in a previous study found that many developers of mobile applications – the small programs used on mobile phones and tablet PCs – largely share or resell the collected data. 12 applications for multiple mobile systems, not just Apple, shared such information with 76 different partners, including advertisers.

Apple tightened even in August the rules to protect personal data. This shows that developers working with HealthKit must not use the collected data for advertising purposes or other forms of data analysis. All applications that use HealthKit, must have a privacy policy that users can find out about.