Electronic collusion: Facebook harvests your highly sensitive personal info with help from dozens of popular apps

Saturday, July 6, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: Lance D Johnson
Saturday, July 06, 2019

At least eleven popular apps are working with Facebook to harvest your highly sensitive personal information. According to a Wall Street Journal investigation, this has been occurring covertly, without user consent. It has been happening to people who do not even have a Facebook account.

According to the investigation, Facebook is gathering information about your ovulation cycle, your pregnancy status, your heart rate, and the intimate details about your future home purchases. Apps such as Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker and Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor have been gathering sensitive information about your health, including height, weight, blood pressure, menstruation cycles, and so much more.

Popular apps are sending highly sensitive health information to Facebook

As soon as the app gathers the “highly sensitive information” from you, they send a copy to Facebook. Facebook, as you know, compiles and analyzes every bit of information they have collected about you to send you targeted ads. These targeted ads play upon your likes and dislikes, your needs and wants to take advantage of you. Your data is also used to “improve your experience on Facebook” by manipulating your news feed and searches.

Facebook automatically collects data from these apps because they designed it to work this way. App developers use the open source software tools provided by Facebook’s Software Development Kit. In exchange for the free tools, Facebook gets access to the data that these apps collect. According to the investigation, at least six popular apps were sending highly sensitive personal health information to Facebook.

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