You won't believe what Facebook knows about you--even if you don't have a Facebook account

February 24, 2019

Call it all-up-in-your-Facebook: According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook routinely receives highly sensitive data from apps that track everything from your heart rate to your menstrual cycle--and not only does this happen without users' knowledge, but it even happens when app users don't have a Facebook account. "The social-media giant collects intensely personal information from many popular smartphone apps just seconds after users enter it," WSJ notes, while Facebook rep called it business as usual. "Sharing information across apps on your iPhone or Android device is how mobile advertising works and is industry standard practice," the rep said. At least 11 popular apps were found to be sending user data to Facebook, including the Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker, Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor and the real estate app Realtor.