CONSUMER FIRST ALERT: Fertility app shares users’ health information
Published: May. 25, 2023 at 6:34 AM CDT
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Federal Trade Commission says a fertility app is sharing private information.
The FTC is ordering Premom, a free ovulation tracker, to stop illegally sharing users’ sensitive health information.
The FTC says Premom shared users’ health data with other companies, including Google and China-based marketing firms, without permission.
Premom is promoted as a fertility calendar where users can log their periods and upload pictures of their ovulation test strips so Premom can predict their next ovulation cycle.
Illinois-based Easy Healthcare Corporation, which operates the app, is ordered to pay $200,000 in fines.
The FTC says to protect your privacy when you use any app:
- Opt out of targeted ads, if you can.
- Check privacy settings. If the app doesn’t need the information it collects -- especially your location -- turn it off.
- Consider limiting access to only when the app is in use.
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