WSJ: Third-Party Applications Provide Your Personal Data to Facebook

Breitbart | 2/22/2019 | Staff
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A new study from the Wall Street Journal this week confirmed that third-party applications are providing users’ private information to Facebook, including sensitive health information like menstrual cycles. The user data could be used to better target advertising according to the Journal.

A study that was conducted by the Wall Street Journal and published on Friday confirmed suspicions that Facebook is collecting private information from third-party applications. This private information that was sent to Facebook ranged from personal health matters like menstrual cycles to “Favorited homes” on real estate applications like Realtor.com.

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One part of the study revealed that a third-party application for managing menstrual cycles sent private health data to Facebook. The app, Flo, says in their privacy policy that they will not share “information regarding your marked cycles, pregnancy, symptoms, notes and other information that is entered by you and that you do not elect to share.”

After learning that her private information had been shared, the woman who used the app as part of the WSJ study said that she may delete the app. “I think it’s incredibly dishonest of them that they’re just lying to their users especially when it comes to something so sensitive,” the woman said.

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