Popular fitness and health based apps scrambled in an effort to stop providing sensitive personal data to the social media platform Facebook Inc. post being reported by The Wall Street Journal on Friday that many were actually transmitting detailed info about certain topics which included the menstrual cycles and weight of the users.
Since Friday, 4 apps identified by the journal had to issue updates that cut off any transmission of its sensitive data being acquired by Facebook. A new testing round on Sunday showed that critical information was being transmitted to Facebook via these applications. The apps introducing the changes include names such as Azumio Inc.’s Instant heart Rate: HR Monitor, and Flow Health Inc.’s Flo Period & ovulation Tracker.
Another popular exercise and food logging app named Lose It! By FitNow Inc. stopped sending information to Facebook as determined by the test on Sunday. The app was noted to send Facebook all the weight-related details of its users that logged into the application along with the weight that they gained with time or lost. They also sent information related to Caloric content for each food being consumed by the user logged into the platform.