Congress Poised to Take Up mHealth Security

With mHealth becoming a more deeply entrenched component of conventional healthcare in America, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that U.S. lawmakers are beginning to explore how mHealth can be made more secure through improved protection of sensitive patient information.

To that end, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) has proposed action that would work to regulate how the makers of mobile health -related applications collect and potentially distribute personal data.

The Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013 was introduced on January 16 as a “discussion draft.” Should the draft become enacted legislation, it could impact how developers collect personal data and limit the external parties that could have access to that information.

“One of the first bills of its kind, the APPS Act is a careful response to the many perspectives that have reached out to Congressman Johnson through AppRights,” Johnson explains. “This bill addresses the public’s growing concern with data collection on mobile devices. It would require that app developers provide transparency through consented terms and conditions, reasonable data security of collected data, and users with control to cease data collection by opting out of the service or deleting the user’s personal data to the greatest extent possible.”

A dedicated webpage has been launched to help keep citizens informed on the evolution and progress of the proposal.

To learn more, click here.

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