Nowadays, many women prefer using apps to maintain a record of the menstrual cycle. Those apps collect all the data, including when the user had sex. What’s essential in all those things is user privacy. Notably, period tracking apps are vulnerable and do not keep the data secret. Now Facebook and other third-party apps know when the user had periods or sex with their partner. According to a new study of Privacy International, a UK-based advocacy group, some period tracking apps have shared user’s personal data with Facebook. Researchers claim period tracking apps like Maya and MIA Fem have shared the highly-sensitive data with the social networking company. The records often include when the user note use of contraception, symptoms of menstruation, periods, and other information.
On Monday, the research group said they had analyzed apps that millions of users had downloaded. As a result of the investigation, the team has found that Plackal Tech’s Maya shared a large amount of delicate user data with Facebook along with other third-party apps. Besides Mobapp Development Limited’s MIA app did the same. The research also pinpoints other apps involved in the illicit data sharing practice. Linchpin Health’s My Period Tracker, Pinkbird’s Ovulation Calculator, and Grupo Familia’s Mi Calendario informed Facebook whenever the user accessed the app. Even more, Privacy International claims Mi Calendario of using an out-of-date version of the Facebook SDK.
Apart from this, the study included other apps to know whether they were sharing data with other companies. Notably, researchers have not found any record against Clue Period Tracker by Biowink, Period Tracker Flo by Flo Health, Leap Fitness Group and Simple Design. In short, those apps were not sharing any information with Facebook. All in all, those cycle-tracking apps are not new, which often monitor periods, pregnancy, and much more. Many times, third-party apps and advertisers use this information to target customers. Besides, pregnant women, along with expecting ones, are probably to change their shopping habits. So it is up to users they have to decide whether to use such apps, which share data, or not.