Connecticut’s attorney general has called for a meeting with Apple over concerns about the privacy of health data collected by the Apple Watch.
“When new technologies emerge in consumer markets they inevitably lead to new questions, including questions about privacy,” Attorney General Jepsen said.
Apple has already said that it will not share health information from Apple Watch users. CEO Tim Cook reiterated that on Friday in his interview with Charlie Rose on PBS.
Still, Jepsen has questions for Apple about how the health data will be stored and what specific data the Apple Watch will be able to collect. He also questions how Apple will monitor third-party apps that claim to make diagnoses if they don’t have proper approval from government regulators.
Here’s the full press release from Jepsen:
• Whether Apple will allow consumers to store personal and health information on Apple Watch itself and/or on its servers, and if so, how information will be safeguarded;• If and how Apple will review application privacy policies to ensure that users’ health information is safeguarded;• If and how Apple intends to enforce policies that require the rejection of applications that provide diagnoses, treatment advice, or control hardware designed to diagnose or treat medical conditions that do not provide written regulatory approval;• What information Apple Watch and its applications will collect from users, and how Apple and application developers will obtain consent to collect and share such information from these individuals; and• How Apple intends to monitor and enforce applications’ compliance with its guidelines concerning users’ health information.
This is not the first request the Attorney General has made to a tech giant over privacy questions related to new technology. Last year, Attorney General Jepsen met with representatives from Google, Inc. following a similar request to address questions about the privacy protections of Google’s wearable computing device, Glass. Through that meeting and subsequent communications, Google implemented a policy requiring review and approval of third-party applications developed for the device before they would be made available to users.
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