NITDA warns Nigerians against some health apps


The National Information Technology Development Agency has warned Nigerians to beware of certain mobile health applications that support data theft.

This warning was made in a statement titled ‘Advisory on mobile health applications data theft and privacy infringement’ by NITDA’s Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Hadiza Umar.

The agency said there were increasing risks of data breach through the mobile applications downloaded on phones.

“This has become more worrisome as current research has revealed that large numbers of mobile health applications are found to encourage data theft, thereby infringing on your privacy,” it said.

According to NITDA, such apps are primarily on android platforms and downloaded via Google play store, and pose security threats as they share access to data with third parties.

It said, “The mobile health applications, mostly available on android platforms and downloaded through Google play store, handle increasingly sensitive data over unsecured Internet communications and third-party servers.

“These sensitive data collected pose security threats to users as most of these apps do not only access data, but also share accessed data with third parties.”

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