FTC questions Apple about HealthKit policies
According to Reuters, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been meeting often with Apple executives to find out the company’s privacy policies when it comes to HealthKit, the tech giant’s health platform. FTC wants to be assured that the company will do everything in its powers to prevent any information on user’s health collected via the Apple products for the health platform will not be used without expressed user consent and abused as well as misused.
The issue of privacy and data protection has been a heated subject in the past few months so its no surprise that the FTC has met up several times with Apple to understand the policies. An Apple representative assured everyone that the company is ready and HealthKit, had been designed “with privacy in mind.” She went on further to say that the tech giant “works closely with regulators around the world” to make its built-in data protections clear. “We’ve been very encouraged by their support.”
FTC has so far been mute on the issue and it is not certain that the government will not launch a formal inquiry into the workings of Apple’s data protection policies. The FTC has been keeping an eye on Apple Watch and HealthKit, which allows Apple’s Health app to aggregate health-related data from various apps and accessories.
Two months ago Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen sent a letter to Tim Cook the CEO of Apple. He want to know what data the tech tycoon is aiming to collect with the Apple Watch. He further inquired as to how the data is stored and what are Apple’s policies regarding the matter.
Along side the launch of Apple Watch, new guidelines for HealthKit APIs and Apple Watch was released by the company. The information collected by HealthKit will not be stored in iCloud and any apps attempting to store health-related data in iCloud will be rejected. Any apps will not be able to share data with third parties without express user consent.
Apple has made a new comprehensive privacy website to make its privacy policies more transparent and accessible. Tim Cook has assured the public through interviews that users “have a right to privacy” and that the company “tries not to collect data.”