Most health apps engage in unhealthy data‑harvesting habits

Most medical and fitness apps in Google Play have tracking capabilities enabled and their data collection practices aren’t transparent. As many as 88 percent of almost 21,000 mobile health (mHealth) applications that are accessible on the Google Play Store from Australia include code that can access and even share users’ personal data with third parties, … More Most health apps engage in unhealthy data‑harvesting habits

Online health security – when ‘opt out’ isn’t an option

What happens when you try to opt out of e-health to avoid issues in the event of a breach? Healthcare hacks are particularly insidious. When hackers get the data, they hack you – or at least the closest facsimile there is of you. And unless you lie on your health records (and even then, there … More Online health security – when ‘opt out’ isn’t an option

ESET Foundation supporting development of a diagnostic PCR test to detect COVID-19.

Scientists from the Slovak companies MultiplexDX, Lambda Life and ProScience Tech have joined forces with virologists from the Biomedical Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (BMC SAV) to develop a reagent kit according to World Health Organization (WHO) protocols for reliable SARS-CoV-2 detection. In the first phase they plan to produce and make available … More ESET Foundation supporting development of a diagnostic PCR test to detect COVID-19.

Public health vs. personal privacy: Choose only one?

As the world turns to technology to track and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, could this spell the end of digital privacy rights? Health organizations and governments all over the world are using technology to communicate, track, monitor and predict the spread of COVID-19. In recent years, data has proven to be a valuable resource – … More Public health vs. personal privacy: Choose only one?

NHS warned to act now to keep hackers at bay

Outdated computer systems, underinvestment in cybersecurity, and a shortage of cybersecurity awareness and skills impact the organization’s cyber-resilience and conspire to put it in the firing line of cyberattacks. Two years after being badly hobbled by the WannaCryptor outbreak, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) still has a lot of work to do to avoid … More NHS warned to act now to keep hackers at bay