U.S. senators question privacy over Apple’s COVID-19 app

According to foreign media Macrumors, on Friday local time, four US senators-Bob Menendez (Bob Menendez), Kamala Harris (Kamala Harris), Cory Booker (Richard Blumenthal) and Richard Blumenthal sends letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook about recently released COVID-19 website and app ‘Security of Americans’ private health data’ “expressed concern.

  

The senator asked Cook about Apple’s data-sharing practices and safeguards, and whether the COVID-19 app is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). They also want details on Apple’s development agreement with the federal or state government for the app.

In announcing the app and website developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA, Apple has said that any data users provide on the COVID-19 website or app will not Will be shared by Apple, CDC, or any other government agency designated on the COVID-19 website. The little information Apple collects, such as how people use the site, is used for bug fixes.

In addition, Apple says it also doesn’t require users to log in to use the app, and that the data isn’t tied to a user’s Apple ID and doesn’t require any personally identifiable information.

Apple first released its COVID-19 website and app on March 27. It’s a screening tool where users can answer questions about symptoms, exposure risk, and more to get CDC advice on next steps to take, such as social distancing or getting tested.

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