Facebook's newly acquired fitness app Moves reneges on privacy pledge

Facebook's newly acquired fitness app Moves reneges on privacy pledge
Under its old privacy policy, Moves was committed to notifying users of any change to the policy "through the service, by email, via our Twitter account or otherwise".
Published: 6 May 2014 - 4:37 p.m.
By: Helen Gaskell

Moves, the fitness app newly acquired by Facebook, has changed its policy to allow data sharing with its new owner, online reports say.

It is 11 days since Facebook purchased the app and when developer, ProtoGeo said that Moves will "continue to operate as a standalone app" while stressing that there are no plans to "commingle data with Facebook".

According to the Wall Street Journal, a Facebook spokeswoman said that this remained the case, but that the companies would share data.

The Guardian has since asked Facebook to clarify the difference between "share" and "commingle", but has received no reply at press time.

According to the Wall Street Journal, as recently as Friday, Moves' privacy policy said the company did not "disclose an individual user's data to third parties," without a user's consent, unless compelled by law enforcement.

The policy said it would stay in place even if Moves were acquired, but by Monday, the policy had changed to permit a wider range of data sharing. "We may share information, including personally identifying information, with our Affiliates (companies that are part of our corporate groups of companies, including but not limited to Facebook) to help provide, understand, and improve our Services," the policy says.

Under its old privacy policy, Moves was committed to notifying users of any change to the policy "through the service, by email, via our Twitter account or otherwise". While a banner at the top of the Moves app does warn users of changes, no emails or tweets have been sent out, The Guardian reported.

The Moves app uses sensors in mobile phones to track people's movements and determine whether they're walking, running, biking or driving using algorithms. Once installed, Moves can track users even when they don't open the app.

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