NHS to re-launch its app store

Lets hope this means they are going to put more effort into protecting users’ data since a report co-authored by researchers from Imperial College London, revealed that several NHS-approved apps leaked data about their users.

The study, which assessed all 79 apps in the library – all of which had been certified as “clinically safe and trustworthy” – revealed that 89% of them transmitted information to online services. None of them encrypted the personal data of their users when it was stored locally on their devices.

Some 66% of the apps didn’t use encryption when data was sent from the apps over the internet, while two apps were highlighted as featuring security issues that could leave users at risk of data theft.

The NHS doesn’t have a very good history in data protection (for mor click here) so we probably shouldn’t hold our breath.

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