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Moves Claims It Won't Share Data with Facebook, Then Does
By: Jessica Cherok
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When Facebook bought Moves app last month, many users were worried their data from the app would be shared with the social media giant in ways they didn’t want. At the time Moves claimed data sharing wasn’t going to happen. Turns out, the claim was incorrect.

Moves posted on their blog that they “would continue to operate as a standalone app.” In other words, no information would be shared with Facebook.

But almost immediately after that blog was posted, Moves changed its Privacy Policy:

“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 new policy states that Moves can share user data with its affiliates, clearly including Facebook. This total about-face has many users concerned.

In response to the concerns, Facebook issued the following statement:

"Commingling, or merging, data would allow us to identify Moves users who are also Facebook users — we have no plans to do that. In other words, Facebook is not adding Moves user data to a Facebook user’s Facebook account. But, Facebook will be providing support and services to the Moves app and to be able to do this, we have to have access to the data that Moves already collects from its users — which is ‘sharing’ data.”

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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