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HIPAA TIPS: Mobile Device Compliance Part 8

Research mobile applications (apps) before downloading

What is a mobile app?

What is a mobile app?

A mobile app is a software program for mobile devices. Some examples of mobile device apps are games, note taking programs, research programs, and health related tools, such as EHR software.

Why should you research mobile apps before you download them to your mobile device?

A mobile app might compromise the data on your device. For example, a mobile app could copy your address book or other private data without your knowledge to an external entity or source.

What should you know before downloading mobile apps?

Before you download and install an app on your mobile device, verify that it will perform only functions you approve of. Use known websites or other trusted sources that you know will provide reputable reviews of the app. Understand the risks you are introducing to your mobile device.

Source: Mobile Devices Privacy and Security