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Apple Health app seeking permission for anonymous collection of workout data

20 December 2016 0

Apple released iOS 10.1.1 to fix bugs related to missing health data. The company seems to be worried about the health of their customers. They are sharing videos promoting a healthy lifestyle. A new rumor claims Apple working on revolutionary health-tracking hardware for 2017 launch. And now they are seeking user permission to collect the workouts and activity data. This is done as part of the initiative to improve data collection process and future needs.

Apple developers have inserted some codes to display a dialog box in the Health app, which asks user permission to share their workout and activity data such as stand hours, minutes of exercise and jogging hours etc. Apple likes to collect data regarding any other fitness app installed, the approximate location of the user and more. Apple ensures that these data will not be shared with the public and they claims that these are required only for improving and understanding the effectiveness of health and fitness features on Apple devices.

Apple officials said:

This isn't any different than what we do with crash reports on macOS, really, and not at all sinister. If we find that a high percentage of users are, say, playing ultimate frisbee at 2 a.m., we'll do some focused work on that, like we did for wheelchair users.

The new health app was launched along with the iOS 8. Its ultimate aim is to work as a centralized repository for the health information of a user. This app uses manual input method as well as automatic data collection using third-party accessories and Apple watch.



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