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Many Android & iOS Apps are Sharing Health & Home Data with Facebook

Mar 1, 2019

We are once again seeing Facebook at the center of a firestorm surrounding personal and sensitive information from mobile users. Did you know a recent report just came out showing that various apps on iOS and Android are sharing your health information with Facebook? It’s not only health apps either that are sharing your personal information.

The report is also noting that apps focused on finding homes are also sending sensitive information to Facebook. The worst part about this news is that even if you are not on Facebook, the company is still getting your data from these health and home apps.

This is just the latest report showing that Facebook is getting information on people from mobile apps without user consent. We have all of the latest information about the newest revelations about Facebook collecting this type of sensitive data, so keep reading to learn more.

Facebook Receiving Personal Data from Health & Home Apps

You probably have heard in the past couple years about the fact Facebook is getting personal and sensitive information about users. A new report is showing that the problem is even worse than people believed as the company is continuing to get personal information about people from apps.

Some of the most popular health and fitness apps out there on iOS and Android are part of this report. These apps are sending this sensitive data to Facebook. The biggest issue with this new report is that it found Facebook is receiving this data even if the user doesn’t have a Facebook account.

There have been several reports lately showing that Facebook has been collecting a lot of data on people. A lot of these reports also say data collection is happening without their knowledge or consent. A different report that came out not too long ago about another data collection issue. The previous report revealed that Facebook is even paying young people to install a certain kind of app. This particular app that Facebook was enticing young people to install actually recorded web browsing activities and phone activities.

This was such a big deal that Apple ended up stopping a few of the developer privileges that Facebook had. Apple claimed that Facebook was actually distributing these apps that were meant only for the Facebook employees. This distribution was a violation of the terms of the developer privilege. That particular report was within the past couple months. Now, we are learning about apps on both mobile platforms that are also giving Facebook access to sensitive user data.

Sensitive Data from Health iOS & Android Apps Now Being Sent to Facebook without Consent

A little bit more detail about those apps on both iOS and Android that were just reported to be giving your sensitive data to Facebook without your consent. For this study about 70 apps were tested from both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

Out of 70 apps that were looked at for this study, 11 of these apps were sharing sensitive data with Facebook. Some of the apps that were found to be sharing the data with Facebook included HR Monitor, Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker, and Realtor.

HR Monitor is an app that measures your heart-rate and it is available via Apple’s App Store. Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker is an app that will track when you are having your period and when you are ovulating. This particular app is useful for people who are trying to get pregnant.

That means there is a lot of sensitive health information that can be found within that app. Obviously, apps like Realtor are meant to help you find a new home. Personal information such as your location, name, age, income, and other data is used in Realtor to help you find a new home.

Facebook Responds to Repot Health & Home Apps Sharing Data without User Consent

Facebook responded to this issue by just saying that what was found is basically the standard practices. The company said it’s common within the advertising market. Facebook said information sharing is useful and standard for both iOS and Android. Most people do understand that this is part of advertising somewhat. The main issue is how digital advertisers are using and sharing this information without you knowing about it.

It is important that sensitive data and personal information is not being sent to others. If it’s sent at all, it cannot be without the knowledge or consent of the users. Facebook claims it removes personal information that should not have been shared with the company. At this point in time it’s hard to trust what Facebook has to say about this issue.

We want to know in the comment section below what you think of this recent news with Facebook. Do you think that most apps share sensitive information without Facebook? Are you someone worried that Facebook already knows too much about you? Do you have a Facebook account or do you not trust Facebook due to all of these reports showing Facebook collects this sensitive data? Tell us what you think iOS and Android apps should do regarding sharing information with Facebook.