Apple Changes HealthKit Policy to Deter Developers From Selling Your Personal Data to Advertisers
Apple explicitly states that consumer health information is off-limits to data farmers, as the tech firm has updated the language in the license for its HealthKit platform.
Developers who create software using Apple’s HealthKit application programming interface (API) may only gather user data to enhance services clearly outlined in the associated apps’ descriptions. Selling that data off to advertisers has been forbidden.
“Your application must not access the HealthKit APIs unless it is primarily designed to provide health and/or fitness services, and this usage is clearly evident in your marketing text and user interface,” states Apple’s HealthKit license. “You and your application may not use the HealthKit APIs, or any information obtained through the HealthKit APIs, for any purpose other than providing health and/or fitness services in connection with your application (eg not for serving advertising).”