health app security

By Dave Muoio March 30, 2018
Under Armour has notified users of its MyFitnessPal food and nutrition app of a large-scale user data breach that occurred in late February. The company’s investigation into the breach is ongoing, according to a statement, but so far indicates that the usernames, email addresses, and passwords of approximately 150 million users have been compromised. “We understand that you value your privacy and...
By Dave Muoio February 12, 2018
Data from a recent analysis suggest that a substantial number of popular health apps have major privacy and security shortcomings, with many not following standard practices and upcoming European Union data safety regulations. The study, which examined a selection of 20 apps from the top 1080 of the “Medical” and “Health and Fitness” sections of the Google Play store, identified a number of minor...
By Jonah Comstock January 10, 2017
A company called Tresorit has launched a new SDK called ZeroKit, meant to help developers working on Apple's CareKit platform surmount one of the biggest hurdles to developing healthcare applications: security. ZeroKit launched today and was promoted by Apple in a blog post on the CareKit website. "We decided that healthcare is the sector that needs this technology the most given the recent data...
By Aditi Pai March 9, 2016
Some 81 percent of diabetes apps in the Google Play store did not offer privacy policies, according to a study of 211 apps published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study is just the latest to examine health app privacy policies. In 2013 Privacy Rights Clearinghouse published a study that found 74 percent of free apps and 60 percent of paid apps had a privacy policy in the...
By Jonah Comstock January 13, 2016
According to a new report from data security company Arxan, even some FDA-cleared mobile health apps and apps recommended by the UK’s NHS are vulnerable to multiple security risks from the Open Web Application Security Project’s list of top ten mobile security vulnerabilities. On top of that, nearly half of health IT decision makers who oversee apps expect to be hacked in the next six months. “...