Apple Watch has become the topic of concern for privacy issues. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has been asked on exactly how the smartwatch will work and has been asked to meet to discuss this matter by Attorney General George Jepsen from Connecticut. Jepsen has brought up a few areas of doubt in a letter to Cook along with requests for the company to explain what data will the Apple Watch collect and store. Jepsen also is curious to know about how access to health information is being regulated by Apple.
The Attorney General is especially worried on how the information regarding consumer’s health and personal information will be safeguarded as well policies and guidelines regulating the whole process. However, some of the questions asked by Jepsen have been addressed in Apple’s Review Guidelines for developers. Click here to read the full document. In a nutshell, Apple assures that HealthKit data will not be stored in iCloud and any apps trying to store the data on iCloud will be rejected. Express user consent will be needed to share health data with third parties. All apps that provide treatment advice or diagnoses will not be allowed to be downloaded on the Apple Watch.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has not been silent on the matter and has sat down for a two part interview with Charlie Rose. The first part of the interview is the time Cook speaks on the tech tycoon’s privacy policies and views. He assures everyone that Apple collects minimum data from its users as people have the right to privacy. He further explains that the company itself doesn’t have the access key into any Apple users accounts i.e. email and iMessage. Cook also reiterates a previous statement by him that nobody has backdoor access to Apple’s servers. Cook throughout the interview, repeats his belief that people should be treated with respect and dignity that is free from any prejudicial notion. On a lighter note, Cook did expressly say that the Cupertino company is working on a product no one knows about and no rumours have surface about the gadget!