According to a recent report, the US Federal Trade Commission is asking Apple how it plans to handle sensitive health data gathered and stored by the company’s new iOS 8 HealthKit framework. Unsurprisingly, the Cupertino California company has been working with various governmental oversight bodies around the world including the FTC to explain the security measures that are being taken. Spokesman Trudy Miller added that Apple “designed HealthKit with privacy in mind.”

Although there is no indication that the FTC will launch a formal investigation into the matter, Apple is said to be preparing for the possibility. Sources are claiming that the company has enlisted the aid of health data protection lawyer Marcy Wilder and is even going as far as appointing a designated “healthy privacy czar” to deal with any future issues.

Back in August, the Cupertino California company outlined restrictions imposed on developers tapping into the HealthKit API. Under this license, developers may:

'…not sell an end-user's health information collected through the HealthKit API to advertising platforms, data brokers or information resellers,' and are restricted from using gathered data 'for any purpose other than providing health and/or fitness services.'
Apple also previously discussed “mobile medical applications” with the Food and Drug Administration in a series of private meetings dating back to 2013. The FDA said that the Cupertino California company plans to work closely with the agency on future product development to avoid surprise regulatory slowdowns.

We’ll have to wait and see what comes of the whole ordeal – hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be another long-lasting legal issue for Apple.

Source: Reuters