US FTC warns health apps and connected device companies to comply with health breach notification rule

The US FTC (Federal Trade Commission) issued a statement that health apps and connected devices that collect or use consumers’ health information must comply with the Health Breach Notification Rule. According to the rule, these companies must notify consumers and others when their health data is breached. Companies that fail to comply could be subject to monetary penalties of $43,792 per violation per day. The statement was adopted by the commissioners 3-2 during an open virtual meeting.