How the Quin App Keeps Your Data Safe

October 15, 2018

GDPR!

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about your data.

2018 is the year of the “We Need Your Consent” pop up. As much as those accept buttons can be irritating to click on a daily basis, they are there for your data protection. So you might ask: where does Quin get your data from and how do we keep it safe?

Where does the Quin app get my health data from?

Quin is all about data. And not any data, health data. In order to find meaningful heuristics in your treatment, Quin needs to track the following:

  • food intake
  • insulin intake
  • blood glucose
  • walking and running activity

There are many other factors that can affect your blood glucose, but for now Quin is keeping it simple.

We get food and insulin data from users manually logging their intake. This lives in a database on your phone and never leaves the Quin app. If you delete the Quin app, you will delete your food and insulin data along with it. Forever.

For blood glucose and activity data, we import this magically from Apple’s Health app.

What is Apple’s Health App?

The Health app comes bundled with iOS. You may have seen it on your iPhone’s home screen.

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You might not realise it, but your iPhone can automatically track your activity and sleep. If you have a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) – like the new Dexcom G5 or G6 -the Health app can track your blood glucose too. Your iPhone tracking you all the time can sound extremely invasive, but no one, except you, has access to your health data.

However, you do have the power to choose which apps you share your health data with.  HealthKit is a tool that developers can use to ask you for permission to your health data. When you use the Quin App for the first time, as soon as we need access to your health data, you will see this popup.

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If you allow Quin to read your blood glucose and walking and running data, we can start making meaningful insights into your treatment. You can change these permissions at any time in the Health app.

You are in charge of your data

The Quin app can access your data, but only uses it on your phone. The only time the data leaves your phone is if you allow iCloud to encrypt and sync your data across your devices.

At Quin, we aim to give you full control over your data. At any time, you have the power to limit or delete your data completely.

We hope though, you will choose to share your data with your Quin app! And we can start building a better future in diabetes management together! To find out more how your data can help us build a tool to help people that take insulin make the best possible decisions based on their current situation, discover our research program.

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