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This article was published on August 28, 2014


    Apple updates HealthKit privacy rules to keep your health data out of the hands of advertisers

    Apple updates HealthKit privacy rules to keep your health data out of the hands of advertisers
    Roberto Baldwin
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    Roberto Baldwin

    Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015. Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015.

    Ahead of the September 9 event, Apple has updated its HealthKit privacy policy for developers to keep user data out of the hands of advertisers and data brokers.

    The Financial Times reports that the company’s updated policy will stop third-party apps from using personal data collected while using the HealthKit platform for anything other than informing users of their health.

    Announced at WWDC as part of the upcoming iOS 8 launch, HealthKit is a central repository that collects data from all third-party health apps on a device that enable the collection. The information is parsed by HealthKit and presented via the Health app in easy to understand graphs.

    By changing its privacy rules, Apple is ensuring all that data stays out of the hands of advertisers.

    ➤ Apple tightens privacy rules for health apps [Financial Times]