Congress Urges FTC Crackdown on Health Apps Via Breach Notice Rule

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

A group of three Congressional members from New Jersey are urging the Federal Trade Commission to utilize its Health Breach Notification Rule to crack down on mobile health apps that share personal health information with third parties without user consent.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey and Democratic New Jersey Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman and Mikie Sherrill sent a letter to the FTC, blasting certain menstruation-tracking mobile health apps for failing to obtain user consent before sharing sensitive information of women with outside parties.

The letter follows a recent lawsuit against Easy Healthcare, which owns the...

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