Apple has partnered with security firm Tresorit to offer increased privacy options for developers making use of the company’s CareKit platform. The increased privacy options will help Apple reach HIPAA compliance as well. Tresorit had first approached Apple on integrating their encryption system into CareKit about four months ago.
CareKit is a platform provided by Apple to developers that allow them to easily build healthcare apps for patients without the need to have the proper technical know-how for it. For patients, the platform allows them to easily track their health over a period of time and stay in touch with their medical professional.
Apple will be making use of Tresorit’s ZeroKit which is a “zero knowledge” user authentication and end-to-end encryption SDK. The added privacy will ensure that the data is not shared with any other service when transferred using it.
“Apple designed the iOS platform and CareKit with security at its core. When building apps where data is shared across devices and with other services, developers want to extend this security to the cloud. This is exactly what ZeroKit does.”
The encryption will be automatically done by the app and on the cloud, with users not being provided with an option to opt-in/out.
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