Facebook acquisition Moves reneges on privacy pledge
Previously strict policy changed to say it may share information with affiliates
Moves, the fitness app newly acquired by Facebook, has changed its policy to allow data sharing with its new owner, online reports say.
It is 11 days since Facebook purchased the app and when developer, ProtoGeo said that Moves will "continue to operate as a standalone app" while stressing that there are no plans to "commingle data with Facebook".
According to the Wall Street Journal, a Facebook spokeswoman said that this remained the case, but that the companies would share data.
The Guardian has since asked Facebook to clarify the difference between "share" and "commingle", but has received no reply at press time.
The policy said it would stay in place even if Moves were acquired, but by Monday, the policy had changed to permit a wider range of data sharing. "We may share information, including personally identifying information, with our Affiliates (companies that are part of our corporate groups of companies, including but not limited to Facebook) to help provide, understand, and improve our Services," the policy says.
The Moves app uses sensors in mobile phones to track people's movements and determine whether they're walking, running, biking or driving using algorithms. Once installed, Moves can track users even when they don't open the app.