Data Calling: Mobile Apps, the Explosion of Consumer-Generated Health Information and the Future of FTC Oversight

Overview


Jennifer Geetter, Julia Jacobson and Scott Weinstein wrote this bylined article about the data security and personal identification issues raised by providing consumer-generated health information (CHI) using health-related apps and websites. “The FTC appears to be concerned about potential harms arising from the storage and sharing of health-related information outside of a HIPAA-regulated environment,” the authors wrote, but they added that “whether the FTC will undertake regulatory and/or enforcement action about CHI is unclear.”