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Apps May Tell Facebook About Last Time Users Had Sex: Study

At least two menstruation-tracking apps, Maya and MIA Fem, were sharing intimate details of users’ sexual health with Facebook and other entities, according to a new report

At least two menstruation-tracking apps, Maya and MIA Fem, were sharing intimate details of users’ sexual health with Facebook and other entities, according to a new report from Britain-based privacy watchdog Privacy International. In some cases, those details, which are self-recorded by users in the app, included when the user last had sex, the type of contraception used, their moods and whether they were ovulating.

The findings raise questions about the security of the most private information in an age when employers, insurers and advertisers can use data to discriminate or target certain categories of people.

The information was shared with the social media giant via the Facebook Software Development Kit, a product that allows developers to create apps for specific operating systems, track analytics and monetize their apps through Facebook’s advertising network. Privacy International found that both Maya and MIA began sharing data with Facebook as soon as the user installed the app on their phone and opened it, even before a privacy policy was signed.

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