Hallow

Hallow

Überprüft am: 9. Mai 2022

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Abstimmungsergebnis: Nicht unheimlich

Hallow is a Catholic prayer and meditation app launched at the end of 2018. A $60 per year subscription (or $8.99 per month) gives users access to over 500 prayers, 3,500+ meditations, sleep Bible stories, music, sermons, and more. At the end of 2021, Hallow announced investor funding of over $50 million dollars from some big names in Silicon Valley venture capital, including Peter Thiel, who recently left Facebook/Meta's board to become more involved in politics, supporting candidates who align with Donald Trump's agenda. All in all, Hallow's privacy practices seem to be the best of the five pray apps we reviewed, although they do use users' data for marketing purposes. Hallow seems to particularly be fond of advertising on Facebook.

With prayer apps such a growing phenomenon, when Hallow founder Alex Jones was asked about their biggest competition in this space he responded, "in all honesty, if folks are ending up in heaven, we don't really care how they get there." Here's hoping an app can help get you to heaven.

Was könnte passieren, wenn etwas schiefgeht?

Credit where credit is due -- of the 32 app makers we emailed with our privacy questions when we began our research into mental health and prayer apps, Hallow is the only one who replied to us and quickly answered all our questions. Good work Hallow, we appreciate you!

So, how does Hallow's privacy practices look? They say they collect personal information, including name, email, phone number, gender (inferred based on your name), and IP address, as well as things like app usage data, prayer minutes, and the text of personal journal entries. Some of this personal data (not private sensitive personal data like your journal entries) they say they can use for targeted interest-based and behavioral advertising, which we don't love. And they do say they can share data with a number of third parties, including advertising and marketing partners which, again, we don't love.

When we first published our review of Hallow, we found they allowed the use of a relatively weak password. We were able to login with the password "111111". Since publishing our review, Hallow has updated their password requirement to require users to login with a strong password. This removed our *Privacy Not Included warning label. We appreciate Hallow taking this step to better secure their app. Hallow also says they will be adding text-message verification code sign up soon too, which is great, as we like two-factor authentication here at *Privacy Not Included.

What's the worst that could happen. Well, you could download and use Hallow and before you know it, you and all your friends and family now see targeted Hallow ads everywhere you go. Soon the guilt sets in that you're not using your Hallow prayer app enough because life got busy. Now you feel like you need to go ask your priest for forgiveness. Three Hail Mary's later and you're all good. Here's hoping that doesn't happen...or that really is the worst thing that happens.

Tipps zu Ihrem Schutz

Do not provide consent for sharing personal data with third parties, whenever possible.

Ensure you have a strong password! The app will not prompt you to do so.

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Kann es mich ausspionieren? Information

Kamera

Gerät: Nicht verfügbar

App: Nein

Mikrofon

Gerät: Nicht verfügbar

App: Nein

Verfolgt den Standort

Gerät: Nicht verfügbar

App: Nein

Was kann zur Registrierung verwendet werden?

Apple or Google

Welche Daten sammelt das Unternehmen?

Wie nutzt das Unternehmen die Daten?

Hallow says they do not sell personal data.

Hallow does use personal information to show you advertisements, including interest-based or online behavioral advertising. Hallow does share your data with third parties such as marketing and advertising partners

Hallow encrypts Private Sensitive Personal Data like journal entries or reflections, so that only you have access to that content.

Hallow does not sell, rent, or otherwise provide users’ Personal Data to any data brokers. Hallow does not share any Private Sensitive Personal Data with any Advertising Partners.

Wie können Sie Ihre Daten kontrollieren?

You may delete your full account and all data associated with it at any point. You can do so by going to the Delete My Account section in the app or on the website. At any time you may opt out of cookies and other tracking or exercise your other rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act and the General Data Protection Regulation.

They delete user data upon request or upon inactivity for 7 years.

Wie ist das Unternehmen in der Vergangenheit mit den Daten über seine Verbraucher umgegangen?

Durchschnittlich

No known privacy or security incidents discovered in the last 3 years.

Informationen zum Datenschutz bei Kindern

In no instance does Hallow sell any Personal Data of users that are a Child under the Age of Consent.

Kann dieses Produkt offline genutzt werden?

Ja

A user is able to download audio files to listen offline.

Benutzerfreundliche Informationen zum Datenschutz?

Nein

Links zu Datenschutzinformationen

Erfüllt dieses Produkt unsere Mindestsicherheitsstandards? Information

Ja

Verschlüsselung

Ja

All data is encrypted both in transit and at rest utilizing industry standard (e.g. AES-256). Additionally any private sensitive personal data such as journal entries are further encrypted in such a way that not even anyone at Hallow is able to access, only the user.

Sicheres Passwort

Nein

Since we first published our review of Hallow where we found we could use the weak password '11111111', Hallow has updated their password requirements and now should require a strong password to login to the app.

Sicherheits-Updates

Ja

Umgang mit Schwachstellen

Ja

Datenschutzrichtlinie

Ja

Verwendet das Produkt KI? Information

Nein


Nachrichten

Hallow, a religious app for Catholics, talks the talk as religious platforms draw investor attention
TechCrunch
More recently, we talked with Alex Jones, the founder of another of the year’s buzziest faith-based apps. Called Hallow, the three-year-old, 40-person outfit raised $40 million in Series B funding back in November from Peter Thiel, Drive Capital and others and has raised $50 million altogether this year to “help folks to build a routine of prayer and to journey together through the content,” says Jones.
Hallow Earns iKeepSafe COPPA Safe Harbor
iKeepSafe
Hallow has been awarded the iKeepSafe COPPA badge in recognition of their alignment with iKeepSafe’s guidelines surrounding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). As part of this achievement, Hallow will display the iKeepSafe COPPA Assessment badge and COPPA Safe Harbor seal to identify that the product has been proactively and independently assessed by an experienced privacy protection organization.
Nothing Sacred: These Apps Reserve The Right To Sell Your Prayers
BuzzFeed News
Prominent venture capitalists are flocking to invest in Christian worship apps. The apps say users’ prayers are a business asset.
A Catholic app raised $52 million. But praying with your smartphone has its limits.
America: The Jesuit Review
Prayer apps are not new. Silicon Valley startups popularized mindfulness and meditation apps as early as 2010, although many have criticized those apps for being spiritually shallow. Hallow’s young founders – devout lay Catholic millennials – are among those who felt that mindfulness apps did not meet their religious needs and set out to create their own. Hallow’s accessible language introduces different methods of prayer, along with inspiring talks, guides to spiritual practices and notifications to encourage users to set goals and stay on track.

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