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Birth control app puts your privacy at risk

There truly is an app for everything. It’s amazing just how many there are in the world.

Android’s Play Store has nearly 4 million available to its users. Apple isn’t too far behind, with over 2 million apps available in its App Store.

But not all of them are great ideas. In fact, a birth control app was recently released that puts your privacy in danger. It’s technology that can one day be used against you.

This could put your privacy at risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first-ever, over-the-counter digital contraceptive app. No, it’s not called “Pokemon Go” — it’s called Natural Cycles.

Basal body temperature readings and monthly menstruation cycle data feed into the app’s algorithm that tells users whether or not they should be having unprotected sex. Women’s health apps are big business. Users pay Natural Cycles a $10 monthly subscription fee, which includes an oral thermometer.

But that’s not how the company is making real money.

Natural Cycles’ privacy policy states that in using the app each user grants the company and any of its partners broad rights to “use, reproduce, distribute, modify, adapt, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, communicate to the public, and otherwise utilize and exploit a user’s anonymized information.”

The company says that selling customer data to third parties isn’t part of the company’s business plan. “We’ve never shared any data for financial purposes,” a spokesperson said. But she also said, “I can’t say we’ll never share data, there’s no guarantees in life of what will happen.”

Which means of course that all your data will be sold to who knows who and for what purpose. Remember, you are the product.

Not to mention all of your personal data at risk of being stolen sometime down the line. The company stores everything it knows about you in a database. And we all know just how secure those are!

Whenever there is connected technology, there are armies of people dedicated to breaking-in and stealing data. Whis is why data breaches are happening every day.

How long before some degenerate hacker breaks into this database? Probably less time than it takes to have a baby.

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