Facebook's latest acquisition abandons original privacy policy

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 5 months ago)

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has gone out of its way to reassure users that its current privacy policies will not change to match those of its new mother company, which are more than a little questionable. Another Facebook acquisition did the same - and then did a complete 180. While the company behind Moves, a popular fitness tracking app, spent a good couple of days reassuring its users that none of its data would be commingled with Facebook, it has now seemingly changed its mind - a mere 11 days later.

On May 5, Moves quietly amended its privacy policy to read the following:

"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."

Users then took to Twitter to spout their outrage, with the majority having announced that they would be, or had, deleted the app entirely. 

A Facebook representative said that there are no concrete plans to combine data from Moves with Facebook, the company does need access to Moves in order to provide support, which includes "performing technical maintenance and developments of the service that will improve the experience with the app." Moves has not responded to requests for comment. 

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