Barely one week after Apple unveiled its new Apple Watch, Connecticut’s Attorney General sent a letter to the company expressing concern about the potential for privacy violations.
Noting that the device was characterized as perhaps “the most personal device” ever created by the company and will double as a fitness tracker, AG George Jepsen requested a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook to discuss how personal information collected by the digital watch will be stored and used.
What are the specific applications and features that will be operational on Apple Watch, Jepsen wondered, and does the company plan to allow consumers to store personal and health information on Apple Watch itself or its servers, and if so, how will such information be safeguarded?
At the meeting, Jepsen said he would also like to discuss what information Apple Watch and its apps will collect from users and how Apple and app developers will obtain consent to collect and share this information with third parties.
While the AG applauded “the use of technology to encourage and facilitate personal health,” he noted that Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines provide that apps “that provide diagnoses, treatment advice, or control hardware designed to diagnose or treat medical conditions that do not provide written regulatory approval upon request will be rejected.”
To read AG Jepsen’s letter to Apple, click here.
Why it matters: Connecticut’s AG stressed that the letter was “an invitation for dialogue, not an accusation against Apple.” He stated that he has had similar privacy related discussions with other technology companies (most recently, a meeting with representatives from Google to chat about the privacy protections of Google Glass).