AGs Urge Apple to Tighten Health Privacy, Security in Apps

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Attorney General Group Says Third-Party Apps Threaten Reproductive Health Privacy Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • November 22, 2022    

Ten state attorneys general sent a letter to Apple urging the tech giant to address privacy and security gaps in third-party applications available on the App Store that track, collect or store reproductive health data.

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The letter was sent Monday to Apple CEO Tim Cook by Matthew Platkin, attorney general of the state of New Jersey, and signed by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington state and Washington, D.C.

The attorneys general say that in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s July decision overturning Roe v. Wade, they fear App Store apps can be “weaponized against consumers by law enforcement, private entities, or individuals.”

“This gap in Apple’s protections threatens the privacy and safety of App Store consumers, and runs directly counter to Apple’s publicly expressed commitment to protect user data,” the attorney generals write.

Demands on Apple

Specifically, the attorneys general are demanding that Apple require third-party app developers to:

Delete data not essential for the use of the application, including location history, search history and any other related data about consumers who may be seeking or helping to provide reproductive healthcare; Provide clear and conspicuous notices

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