Mobile healthcare application privacy policies are hard to find, and those in place are not providing transparency on privacy practices and more than half aren't focused software, according to a new study.
What if it had been healthcare data? The big news this past holiday weekend wasn't about the weather or beach temperatures. It was about a high-profile hack into celebrity private photos stored in the cloud--most likely Apple's iCloud--and how hackers accessed and posted personal photos of more than 100 female celebrities.
Why does this matter to our readers who are into mobile healthcare? Well there are two reasons: the hack illustrates stored data in a cloud obviously isn't truly protected, and I'm not blaming Apple for the reality; secondly it goes straight to the heart of the "what if" scenario regarding confidential healthcare data. What if healthcare data in a cloud is hacked and illegally published? One thing we know for sure is that it would be much more disastrous, compared to photos, for the individual as well as the vendor tasked with protecting such data. Read more...
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