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Popular apps cease the sharing of data with Facebook

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Popular health and fitness apps scrambled to stop the sending of sensitive personal information on Facebook Inc. after The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, many were send detailed information about topics including the users weight and menstrual cycles.

Since Friday, at least four of the apps that the Magazine had identified and contacted as part of the reporting issued updates to cut off the transfer of sensitive data to Facebook, a new round of testing showed Sunday. The apps change, are Flo Health Inc.’s Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker and Azumio Inc. Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor, the tests showed.

Another popular food – and exercise-logging app, Lose It! of FitNow Inc., also stopped sending Facebook information, Sunday’s test showed. In a test on Thursday, the app was already sending Facebook the weight of the users are logged, along with how much they had gained or lost and the calorie content of each food item they signed up.

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The changes came as Facebook themselves contacted a number of large advertisers and developers in response to the publication of the report, tell them it doesn’t allow partners to send Facebook sensitive information about users. The company said it is working on new systems to detect and block uploads of this information by apps, according to a person whose company was approached via Facebook. In at least one message, Facebook addressed a major developer to ensure that the legal justification for all of the information for the user, sends Facebook into the app using the software development kit, or SDK, the social network for apps, the person said.

“We are working with app developers using our SDK to ensure that they comply with our terms and conditions. In cases involving violations, we work with app developers to get in compliance and take action if needed,” a Facebook spokeswoman said.

Click here to read more of this story in The Wall Street Journal, where it was originally published.

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