mHealth App Privacy, Security Improving
By Katie Wike, contributing writer
A study has found, while privacy is not a priority for all app creators, the number of mHealth apps with privacy policies has increased 8 percent in four years.
Last summer, a Veracode report called health IT security “concerning,” and Health IT Outcomes explained healthcare scored poorly compared to other industries. In fact, 80 percent of healthcare applications exhibit cryptographic issues that put security in jeopardy.
A recent report from the Future of Privacy Forum finds while health and fitness apps are still lacking in privacy protection and lag behind the apps of other industries, they are slowly but surely improving.
“Given that some health and fitness apps can access sensitive, physiological data collected by sensors on a mobile phone, wearable or other device, their below-average performance is both unexpected and troubling,” the report states.
“If a user must search out a developer’s website on their own, or download (and perhaps purchase) an app before discovering how and where her intimate information will be collected, used, shared and protected, it will be much more difficult for her to make an informed decision about her privacy and app use,” the study notes.