Period-tracking apps share unauthorized health data with Facebook, report finds

Several menstrual cycle-tracking mobile apps share sensitive information with Facebook without user consent, a new Privacy International report found.

The organization examined the data-sharing practices of a variety of period-tracking apps. They found that while the most popular of these services, including Clue and Flo, do not share user information with Facebook, several others do. Two of those, Maya and MIA Fem, conduct "what we believe to be extensive sharing of sensitive personal data with third parties, including Facebook," according to the report.

Maya and MIA Fem were both found to share data with Facebook and other third parties as soon as the apps were opened, before users had a chance to examine the privacy policy. Beyond that, they also shared user information such as daily health symptoms, date of birth, contraception use, menstruation start and end date, sexual habits, in-app articles accessed and user-written notes and reminders with the platforms.

After Privacy International shared the report with the apps it examined, Maya's maker, Plackal Tech, replied that it had ceased sharing medical and other personally identifiable data with Facebook. Mobapp Development, MIA Fem's maker, also responded to Privacy International, but requested their response stay private.

Access the full report here.

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