Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are always one step ahead of us. Today’s most used social network knows almost everything about you, and it can know when you last had sex.

Menstrual Monitoring Applications Reveal Secrets

According to the Washington Post, at least two menstrual monitoring applications, “Maya” and “MIA Fem”, shared intimate details about users’ sexual health with Facebook and other entities, according to a report by the British privacy organization “Privacy International”. , published in 2019. In some cases, these details, which the users themselves included in the application, include when the user last had sexual intercourse, the type of contraceptive used, her mood and whether she ovulated.

This knowledge puts our security at a disadvantage. Our most private information is available to Facebook advertisers who can use it to track people for the purpose of categorizing them. Users’ private information is shared with major social media via the Facebook Software Development Kit, which enables developers to create applications for specific operating systems, track analytics and monetize their applications via Facebook’s advertising network.

Before users could agree to the privacy rules of the applications, “Maya” and “MIA”, the sharing of their data was already activated on Facebook, according to the British organization for user privacy, writes WP. Joe Osborne, Facebook spokesman at the time, said advertisers do not have access to sensitive health information shared by these applications, and confirmed in a statement that Facebook’s advertising system “does not use information collected from human activities on other applications or websites is not”.

Menstrual and pregnancy tracking programs, such as “Maya” and “MIA”, have become popular as fun, friendly companions who provide insight into the often frightening world of fertility and pregnancy. They can also be used to monitor sexual health in general, mood and other intimate data. Various applications for monitoring cycles and pregnancies have been mentioned for sharing health data with employers and women insurance companies. As a result, many women say they have devised strategies to use applications that do not reveal the most intimate information, writes WS. Strategies include the use of false names, the documentation of only superficial details of the cycle, and even the entry of inaccurate data.

Nominated companies also announced themselves

Plackal Tech, which Maya developed, said in a statement to Privacy International that it would remove the Facebook Software Development Kit from a new version of its service. There was no published response from Mobapp Development, the company behind MIA, and the company had no comment.

In a Facebook statement included in the report, the company said that its Terms of Service prohibits application developers from sharing health or sensitive data and that it is in contact with Maya and MIA to inform them of possible violations of that provisions. Facebook also said that although it has systems to automatically detect and erase information such as social security numbers and passwords from information shared by applications, the company is “looking for ways to improve our system / products to make more types of potentially sensitive locate and filter data. “

This whole situation happened in 2019, but even from today’s perspective, it is no less disturbing.

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