Health and fitness apps share user data with partners and advertisers

BEUC NEWS - 23.02.2016

Health and fitness app such as Endomondo, Runkeeper, Strava, Lifesum and MyFitnessPal share user data with partners and advertisers violating users' privacy and basic consumer protection, according to research by the Norwegian Consumer Council.

 

‘’Unfortunately, you often have to waive basic consumer rights in order to use these apps’’ says Finn Myrstad, Director of Digital policy. The Norwegian consumer Council reveals that the studied apps store data after the account is deleted and track you when not in use.

These revelations come after the Norwegian Consumer Council gained media attention after disclosing that the dating app Happn is sharing user data with third parties in violation of its own terms.

These stories are part of the #appfail campaign, which aims to gather consumer support to make apps respect data privacy.

By clicking on the button below, consumers raise their voices against apps abusing basic consumer rights.

 

Watch the hidden camera video «Apps can sell your pictures #appfail».

 

* Please note that in the eve of the publication of this study, Under Armour, the owner of Endomondo and Myfitnesspal announced that he is going to change the terms and privacy policies of these apps. The Norwegian Consumer Council will scrutinise the new terms and privacy policies to check whether they respect data privacy.