The movement tracking diary Moves, which was acquired by Facebook on April 24, claimed that user data would not be shared with Facebook in its original press release.
Moves will continue to operate as a standalone app, and there are no plans to change that or commingle data with Facebook.
That however, has changed — in the less than two weeks since the acquisition, the app has undergone a slew of changes behind-the-scenes.
Certain provisions of the new policy have raised eyebrows within the tech community, most of whom took note of the Sharing data with third parties section of the policy.
Sharing data with third parties
To provide and support the services we provide to you, information we collect and receive may be disclosed to third parties in and out of the European Economic Area as (i) described in this policy, (ii) if you otherwise give your consent, or (iii) if the disclosure is legally required.
- If you choose to use any of the third party apps or services that use the Moves API, you may consent to the disclosure of your information to those third parties.
- We may disclose information about you or your use of our Services to service providers or other partners that work on our behalf to support our business (e.g. information processing and storage, provide place recommendations, map thumbnails, and measuring the performance of our App).
- 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.
- We may access, use, preserve, and share your information, including your personally identifying information, with third parties when we have a good faith belief that it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of investigations; or prevent death or imminent bodily harm. We may also share such information if we believe that you have abused your rights to use the Services or violated an applicable law, or in connection with any dispute between you and us with respect to the Services.
- If we sell all or part of our business, make a sale or transfer of assets, are otherwise involved in a merger or business transfer, or in the event of bankruptcy, we may disclose and transfer your personally identifying information to one or more third parties as part of that transaction.
- We may also generally disclose aggregate or anonymous information where reasonable steps have been taken to ensure the data does not contain your personally identifying information.
Notwithstanding the clauses that give them the right to share your information with third-parties, the new policy explicitly names Facebook as a potential recipient of Moves user information.
This directly contradicts statements originally published by ProtoGeo, the makers of Move, in which they claimed that data would not be shared with Facebook.
Urgh. Fuck Facebook.
I don’t have an account with them because I don’t want them stalking me. But then they bought whatsapp, so I had to stop using that. And now they’re going to log my location with Moves. Great.
Any good alternatives?
Deleted my Moves data as soon as I got that e-mail! I’m trying to keep as far away from Facebook as possible, forcing me to share more data with them isn’t going to encourage me to use anyone’s product!
Exactly why I stopped using it once FB bought it.
Moves has not undergone any significant front-end changes that vitiates its user experience, but if recent privacy transgressions and broken two-week-old-promises are indicative of anything, it’s that Moves users can expect two things down the road: being left in the dust while their data is mined, or further integration with Facebook, and its affiliated services.