USA: Concerns about Security of Users’ Private Health Data on Apple’s COVID-19 Screening Tools.
- Senators of the US send a letter to Apple raising concerns about the company’s COVID-19 screening tools and the safety and security of private health data that will potentially be collected from users. In their March 27 announcement, Apple maintained it will collect “some information” to help improve the site but failed to identify what that information would include.
- [A]ll data collected via Apple’s screening tools should remain confidential and must not be used for any commercial purposes in the future Apple should clearly state if the collected information is in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Additionally, we would like to better understand your efforts to keep any collected information safe from potential hackers, foreign state and non-state actors with nefarious intent, and other criminal enterprises,”