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FTC speaking with Apple regarding healthcare privacy of HealthKit

FTC is speaking with Apple regarding Apple Watch health data privacy
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 1:34 am

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly speaking with Apple regarding privacy of health data that is gathered by the HealthKit framework, which will also be applicable to the upcoming Apple Watch wearable. Apple's HealthKit allows patients to control how medical information is used via mobile health apps, and the FTC has taken great interest in the Apple Watch.

 

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Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller noted that the Silicon Valley company continues to work with government oversight bodies to ensure patient privacy is secured - and with no confirmation of an official FTC investigation - Apple is reportedly preparing just in case a future problem arises.

 

It's not surprising to hear US regulators are interested in HealthKit - and other similar medical-based applications - which will become more common place in the coming years.

NEWS SOURCES:Todayonline.com, Siliconbeat.com

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