Breach of Telehealth App Babylon Health Raises Privacy Concerns

Given the rapid expansion of telehealth use in the US in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the breach raises several privacy alarms.

To James Carder, chief security office of LogRhythm Labs, the breach demonstrates how a lapse in security can compromise patient care, safety, and trust, as well as sensitive clinical information.

“Emerging health tech startups must ensure that data protection is of the utmost priority, especially when sensitive patient data is collected, recorded and stored,” Carder said in an emailed statement. “The healthcare sector’s access to vast, valuable data types are a key target for various intelligent threat actors.”