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Facebook will only use Moves data to build app

UPDATE: Facebook has defended Moves’ recent privacy policy change, stating it will only use the data to improve the service.

Apparently the privacy policy changes were only made so that Facebook employees can “actually work on building the app”, according to a statement received by Engadget.

By having all your Moves data, Facebook will be able to assist the small Moves development team to maintain and enhance the fitness tracking software.

Facebook added that it has “no plans” to merge your Moves personal data with your FAceboook account, so rest assured there will be no fitness-focus targeted ads hitting your Facebook Feed due to Moves data.

Original Story: Moves has updated its privacy policy stating that it might share your personal data with Facebook.

Following the new Facebook has acquired the Moves fitness tracking service, users were very concerned what would happen to their personal data.

The company immediately tried to soothe its userbase with a blog post outlining that Moves would continue to operate as a separate entity from the social media giant.

“The Moves experience will continue to operate as a standalone app, and there are no plans to change that or commingle data with Facebook”, read the company’s blog post after the acquisition was announced.

However, Moves has now updated its privacy policy to reflect the fact it has already backtracked on its initial claims.

“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,” reads Moves’ updated privacy policy.

It has only been two weeks since the acquisition was announced and no doubt users will be a little perplexed why Moves couldn’t keep Facebook away from its users’ data like it originally outlined.

Facebook’s official statement on the matter comes from The Verge, which despite claiming Facebook and Moves are two separate entities, also revealed the two could share data obtained through the Moves app.

“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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