Apple Watch Data Privacy Protections Questioned



Apple has reportedly been asked to clarify the security related questions around the Apple Watch launched last week. Connecticut Attorney General, George Jepsen, who raised his concerns, is also said to have asked Tim Cook for a meeting with the representatives of the company.According to Bloomberg report, Jepsen has raised security concerns related to personal data such as health tracking with Apple’s new smartwatch. Notably, Apple Watch is slated to come early next year starting at $349.

“When new technologies emerge in consumer markets they inevitably lead to new questions, including questions about privacy,” said Jepsen, while speaking to Bloomberg. “Asking those questions and engaging in a proactive dialogue about privacy concerns before a product comes to market is an effective and mutually beneficial way to ensure that consumer privacy is protected.”

The report suggests that Jespen wants to know “whether Apple will allow users to store personal and health information on the Apple Watch or on computer servers, and how that information will be protected.” The concern also include what information the Apple Watch and its applications will collect, and whether or not the app developers will obtain consent from the Apple Watch users to collect and share their personal data.

Now that Jespen has asked for a review meeting, he will reportedly question Apple on whether “it will review privacy policies for apps, and if it intends to enforce policies requiring it to reject apps that offer diagnoses or treatment advice without regulatory approval.”

Apple’s security was recently in question with naked celebrity pictures allegedly stolen from iCloud accounts.

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