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These fitness apps know more about you than you may think

Mediafeed Logo By Dennis Miller of Mediafeed | Slide 1 of 15: Which data could possibly be more personal than your health and fitness stats?In the age of the app, we’ve grown used to trading our privacy for free gadgets and magical phone software. You might feel queasy at the prospect of data-sharing when a fitness app demands everything from your shoe size to your appetite to your nocturnal behavior. But the flourishing of Fitbit, Eve and Calm proves that if an app can make you healthier, fitter or – let’s face it –more good-looking, many of us are willing to share our vital statistics.Supplement Timing analyzed the official privacy policies of the top health and fitness apps to see which data each one asks of its users. We identified 27 different data types and gave the apps 2 points for each type they track by default and 1 point for types that require user permission. The ones with the most points are the ones that are most data-tracking-intensive.

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Which data could possibly be more personal than your health and fitness stats?

In the age of the app, we’ve grown used to trading our privacy for free gadgets and magical phone software. You might feel queasy at the prospect of data-sharing when a fitness app demands everything from your shoe size to your appetite to your nocturnal behavior. 

But the flourishing of Fitbit, Eve and Calm proves that if an app can make you healthier, fitter or – let’s face it –more good-looking, many of us are willing to share our vital statistics.

Supplement Timing analyzed the official privacy policies of the top health and fitness apps to see which data each one asks of its users. We identified 27 different data types and gave the apps 2 points for each type they track by default and 1 point for types that require user permission. The ones with the most points are the ones that are most data-tracking-intensive.

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