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    Ars Technica: App changes its privacy policy ten days after Facebook acquisition

    Ars Technica reports on a change in the privacy policy of fitness-tracking mobile app Moves:

    Mere days after the fitness-tracking app Moves assured users about their privacy after its acquisition by Facebook, the company has changed its privacy policy to allow itself to share data with third parties. The Wall Street Journal reported the changes late Monday, which were pushed as an app update to Moves users.

    Moves uses a smartphone’s accelerometer (or the M7 processor in the case of the iPhone 5S) to passively track a user’s walking, cycling, running, or driving activity. Users can log other information like calorie counts or activities manually, and Moves integrates with a handful of other life-logging apps like Momento or OptimizeMe to create detailed timelines of where a person goes and how they get there—for instance, their trips to a local coffee shop. […]

    And yet the official Moves Twitter account tweeted following the acquisition that it would not “commingle” its data with Facebook’s user data. Moves then changed its privacy policy to state that it would share not only user data but also personally identifying data with “affiliates… including but not limited to Facebook.” To confuse things further, Facebook repeated the same line about how the two companies would not “commingle” user data to the Journal Monday.

    The Facebook spokeswoman continued by saying that Facebook does plan to share the Moves data. Presumably, all of this means that Facebook will give Moves data to third parties like marketers and advertisers but will not bundle it themselves with Facebook’s own data. However, Facebook’s data on its users who use Moves is also for sale to the same marketers and advertisers. Many companies that collect this data are skilled at cross-referencing it themselves.

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