January 28, 2015
This week the Federal Trade Commission published a report focused on privacy and security issues related to the massive Internet of Things (IoT) trend, which includes the growing number of connected health devices. The report summarizes the discussions that took place at an FTC-hosted workshop in November 2013, and it also includes recommendations for the industry from FTC's staff, which they put...
November 17, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached out to Apple to confirm that the health data collected by Apple's smartwatch, called Apple Watch, will not be sold to third parties, according to a report from Reuters.
Reuters explains that in the past few months, Apple representatives have met with FTC officials on multiple occasions to discuss the privacy issues surrounding the Apple Watch.
July 24, 2014
At a Tech in Policy event sponsored by Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill made it clear that the FTC is aware of recent concerns about health app data privacy and security and is looking into new ways to police the industry.
"The law is, on some level, always going to lag behind technology," she said. "Technology is moving at lightning speed. Our job at the...
December 8, 2013
AcneApp, one of the mobile medical apps the FTC removed in 2011.
Correction: A previous version of this article said the ONC, not the OCR, released the HIPAA omnibus rule.
This year has been a big year for health app regulation: FDA released its final guidance on regulation of mobile medical apps earlier this year, and the Office of Civil Rights released its final HIPAA omnibus rule in January...
September 9, 2011
By Brian Dolan and Chris Gullo
In a watershed moment, the FTC this week fined two app developers who falsely advertised that their smartphone apps could treat acne. The apps, AcneApp and Acne Pwner, were sold in the iTunes App Store and Android Marketplace, respectively. The settlements ban the developers from stating certain health-related claims without scientific evidence. AcneApp's...