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Period-tracking apps share sensitive data with Facebook: study

Period-tracking apps share sensitive data with Facebook: study

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Period-tracking apps used by millions of women are sharing information about their sex lives and health with Facebook, a new study revealed. Researchers with the advocacy group Privacy International published a report Monday that found two period-tracking apps, MIA Fem and Maya, sent data regarding users’ health to the social media giant. “When Maya asks you to enter how you feel and offers suggestions of symptoms you might have — suggestions like blood pressure, swelling or acne — one would hope this data would be treated with extra care,” the study said. “But no, that information is shared with Facebook.” Both Maya and MIA Fem have sent information on users’ contraception, the timing of their periods, symptoms during cycles and even the last time they had sex, to Facebook through the social media giant’s Software Development Kit, which helps the site target ads, according to the study. But Maya’s parent company, Plackal Tech, has denied that any personally identifiable or medical…
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