Period app Maya leaks data on women to Facebook: Privacy Watchdog
Reports say women users share information with Maya that they would normally not disclose to even their closest friends or family members because this would include information about the start of their periods, mood swings, sexual health and the use of contraceptives.
“This is an outrageous breach of trust, they have crossed the line,” said Monica a user to MoneyControl.com. Monica, who has been using the app since 2018 said to the publication, “The information I use the app for is very personal and private that I don’t discuss with anybody else.”
In December 2018, Privacy international exposed the dubious practices of some of the most popular apps in the world. Out of the 36 apps we tested, we found that 61% automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app.
Reports say Maya shared contraceptive pill usage data with Facebook among other trends on sexual health. It also picks information on sexual life. Menstruation apps collect some of the most intimate data imaginable – from general health, to information about sex, moods, what the user eats, drinks and even what sanitary products she uses.
Privacy International Further Noted on its website:
On being shown the study, the app informed PI that it had “removed both the Facebook core SDK and Analytics SDK from Maya” with the changes coming into effect almost immediately.
This is not the first expose of apps sharing data with third parties like Facebook. Last year, Privacy International revealed that a large group of apps across categories was sharing data with third parties. In India, other apps, like mother and child app Healofy has also been under the radar for violations of trust and information of its users and was dropped from the Google playstore.