Facebook has been covertly collecting deeply personal information from a number of popular apps, often without users’ knowledge. At least 11 popular apps have been sending the data to Facebook, including period-tracking app Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker, real estate app Realtor, and Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor, a Wall Street Journal investigation found. The apps collected highly sensitive data, which ranged from things like users’ average weight and height to their blood pressure, ovulation cycles and pregnancy status. In some cases, the ‘highly sensitive information’ is sent to Facebook mere seconds after it’s entered into the app – even if the user doesn’t have an account on the social media network, according to the Journal. Facebook can collect the data as a result of its Software Development Kit (SDK), a set of open source software tools that can be used by developers to create apps. Apps use Facebook’s SDK to build their software and, in exchange, Facebook often gets access to data those apps collect, for the purpose of targeting ads. Scroll down for video Facebook has been covertly collecting deeply personal information from a number of popular apps, often without users’ knowledge. At least 11 popular apps were transmitting… Read full this story
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