Date: April 9, 2019

They Said It!
Amazon Fears Emerge Over “How A Very Large Organization That Also Sells Me Stuff Is Going To Use My Health Information”

Risk of “cybersecurity breach” is cause for growing concern among experts after Amazon announces greater push into Alexa services for healthcare.

“Still, [Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Group co-chair Pamela] Hepp points out that the more ‘entry points’ there are into a medical system, the more risk there is for a cybersecurity breach. And [DePaul University health law expert Charlotte] Tschider says she’s concerned about the details of what is in those data use agreements: ‘I’m concerned about how a very large organization that also sells me stuff is going to use my health information.’” (The Verge, “Amazon’s Alexa can handle patient information now — what does that mean for privacy?” Angela Chen, 4.8.19)

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