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Facebook knows when we’re having sex, watchdog notes Cambridge-esque thievery

Turns out that two popular menstruation tracking apps have been sharing when we’ve been having sex with Facebook. Great.

 

 

I remember the last time I had sex. Berlin had just been reunified; I met Phil, who made eyes with me from across the bar to the strains of Gloria Estefan.

All jokes aside, Facebook knows when we’ve been exercising our physical rights. According to Britain-based privacy watchdog Privacy International, two extremely popular menstruation-tracking apps have been blabbing to Facebook regarding your bedroom gymnastics.

The two apps in question, Maya and MIA Fem were sharing the data that users put in (the type of contraception used, whether the user was ovulating and when the physical act of love occurred) directly to Mark Zuckerberg and his cabal.

In response, Facebook spokesperson Joe Osborne said that their advertisers do not have access to the aforesaid information, which is a hell of an apology. He said that Facebook “does not leverage information gleaned from people’s activity across other apps or websites” when advertisers choose to target users by interest. Which of course we know is bullshit, especially in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where Facebook pinched our data for political profiling purposes through an unrelated third party app.

So, is Zuckerberg in our knickers? Probably. Considering that the platform was initially created to anonymous cruise on women for vapid sexual purposes from afar, colour me suspiciously unsurprised.

According to The Washington Post, “Several period – and pregnancy – tracking apps have been called out for sharing health data with women’s employers and insurance companies, as well as for security flaws that reveal intimate information.

Founder of NFP Patient Privacy Rights took it further, explaining that users expect that their data will be protected by the same laws that protect them in the hands of other medical institutions but notes that our expectations are continually dashed, stating that “…most people would want to make their own decisions about what’s known about their sex life, about whether it’s shared or not…right now we have no ability to do that.”

It’s also worth noting that Facebook has recently launched its dating service in the United States, promising to match couples according to their activity on the site.

In the wake of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook mentioned that they’re “looking at ways to improve our system/products to detect and filter out more types of potentially sensitive data.”

Yeah, nah, Mark. Nah.

 

 

 

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