Liberate

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Liberate

Liberate
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Review date: April 20, 2022

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People voted: Very creepy

Created in 2019, Liberate is a meditation app designed to be a "safe space for the Black community to develop a daily meditation habit." The app provides wellbeing practices that better fit the lives and experiences of the BIPOC community with meditations targeted as such things as microaggressions, internalized racism, and ancestral healing alongside those aimed at dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, and gratitude. Free to download, a yearly subscription runs around $72 and grants users access to a library of over 240 meditations and talks, offline listening, and exclusive gatherings. Unfortunately, we do have a few concerns about how safe a space for your privacy Liberate is.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Like many of the mental health apps we reviewed, Liberate raises a number of privacy questions and concerns for us. Take this line from their privacy policy, "We do not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your prior consent." We take this to mean they may sell or rent your personal information to third parties if you consent.

The consent question is always a big one for us. How clearly does Liberate ask for consent when they want to sell or rent your personal information? People often rapidly click through terms of service and privacy policy agreement asks when signing up for an app. If you don't read Liberate's privacy policy closely you won't know they say, "By accepting the Policy during registration, you expressly consent to our collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Policy." Does that mean you consent to have your personal information (but not health data) sold, rented, and shared with a number of third parties for purposes such as personalization, advertising, marketing, and more when you accept their policy during registration? It sure seems so but we can't tell for sure. Giving your consent should never be this confusing. And this is probably way beyond what most people expect will happen with their personal information when rapidly clicking through the registration process during sign up. that worries us a great deal.

Liberate says they can collect a fair amount of personal information, including name, email address, photograph, geolocation, IP address, device identifiers, and Facebook profile information if you opt to sign into their services through Facebook (which you should never do). They then go on to say they may combine your information with information they collect from other sources. So much personal information, so many questions about if they're selling it to others. It's good they say they won't share your personal data with third parties in order for that third party to provide direct marketing communications to you.

We have too many questions to feel good about Liberate's privacy practices. And we can't determine if they meet our Minimum Security Standards in part because they never responded to our email with privacy and security related questions sent to contact listed in their privacy policy.

What's the worst that could happen? Well, we worry you could download the app, speed through the sign-up and registration process and click "agree" to their privacy policy without realizing that by doing so you may have just given Liberate consent to sell or rent your data to who knows who. Maybe that's not so terrible, maybe it is. Regardless, we would like to see a meditation app designed to help with your mental wellbeing do better at being a safe space for your privacy.

Tips to protect yourself

  • Do NOT use your Facebook account to login
  • Do not give consent for sharing of personal data for marketing and advertisement.
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: N/A

App: No

What can be used to sign up?

Facebook log-in possible

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Liberate may combine your information with information they collect from other sources to improve the App (but not Health data).

They do not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your prior consent. However, Liberate's privacy policy states, "By accepting the Policy during registration, you expressly consent to our collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Policy and to all other terms herein. It may be possible for you to browse the App without telling us who you are or revealing any personally identifiable information about you. However, you lose anonymity once you give us your personal information, and by doing so, you agree to the transfer and storage of that information to our servers and to the terms of this Privacy Policy."

You agree that Liberate may use your personal information as specified in the Terms of Service, and to provide you with personalized content.

Liberate will only use your Health Data for the purposes of providing the App to you – for example by using it to tailor the type of content which you receive, or providing you with analytics about your wellbeing. Your Health Data will not be used for any other purposes, nor will it be combined with other data.

Liberate will not share your personal data with third parties in order for that third party to provide direct marketing communications to you.

How can you control your data?

You may, at any time, request access to the personal data that we hold which relates to you. You can exercise this right at any time by writing to us using the contact details set out [email protected]

You may, at any time, request that Liberate correct personal data that they hold about you which you believe is incorrect or inaccurate. You may also ask them to erase personal data if you do not believe that they need to continue retaining it.

No retention details are provided.

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Average

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

Child Privacy Information

The App and Services are not directed to children under thirteen (13) years of age, and they do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from such children.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

Liberate Meditation does offer offline meditation options.

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Unknown

Encryption

Can’t Determine

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Can’t Determine

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


News

Think meditation could help cope with microaggressions? There’s an app for that.
The Washington Post
After experiencing a bout of depression in 2016, Julio Rivera found solace in a meditation group for people of color. "Walking in and seeing all these beautiful black and brown faces ... made me feel like I was home, on a very deep level," says the 30-year-old software engineer of his experience at New York Insight, a meditation center in Manhattan. When life became too busy for him to attend the sessions, he searched for an online resource for people of color that would give him a similar feeling of hope and empowerment. No such meditation app existed, so, in February 2019, he launched one: It's called Liberate, and it features guided audio meditations and talks from about 40 teachers in categories like sleep, mindfulness and gratitude, as well as nuanced topics germane to its target audience such as microaggressions, race and ancestors.
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This Meditation App Helps Users Heal From The Mental Health Impact Of Racism
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There is an abundance of meditations apps to choose from on the market, but few (if any) address the very real consequences that racism can have on people of color. A recently launched app wants to change that. Liberate Meditation is a new wellness app designed specifically for communities of color. It has meditations addressing everything from healing from microaggressions, to reconnecting with heritage.
A New Meditation App for People of Color
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Liberate stands out for its guided meditations on topics that include microaggressions, ancestors, and toxic masculinity. Black women, Rivera said, kept telling him that processing microaggressions targeting their appearance and mannerisms represented a major part of their day-to-day lives. “The constant barrage of comments has them questioning, ‘Should I even be in this space?’ ‘Am I worthy of being in this space?’” The meditations, Rivera hopes, help practitioners realize that they do indeed belong.
Julio Rivera Created The Meditation App Liberate To Help The Black Community Heal
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Liberate was born of a need to have spaces to talk about, tackle, and dismantle internalized racism that is forced on people. Rivera saw a need for a Black space in the meditation world to give Black people a chance to deal with this issue. Society’s racist ideals have been perpetuated to a point that people have internalized that notion.
Meet Julio Rivera, the founder of a meditation app designed for the Black community
In The Know
Liberate’s meditation teachers are all people of color and the app’s content is tailored for its diverse users. “We create content that is mindful,” Rivera said. “There’s something powerful about being guided by someone who looks and sounds like you.”
Black Founder Creates Meditation App for People of Color
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The platform showcases content that is specific to the black community. Topics range from dealing with microaggressions to cultivating loving-kindness for difficult people. There are specific chats from unique authors like Jan Willis who hosts dharma talks addressing the intersection of Buddhism and racism.
Liberate: Meditation in a Safe Space
TechAcute
Recommended for BIPOC who are at least 18 years of age, Liberate may be used as a therapeutic accompaniment for people suffering from anxiety or if you just want to relax and connect with your inner self through the virtues of meditation.
The Best Meditation Apps for a Moment of Calm in 2021
Vogue
This past year has been tough on everyone, creating further motivation to practice self-care as we begin 2021. Meditation can be an effective, low-cost way to deal with stress, and you don’t need a coach or class to learn key techniques. The best meditation apps provide calming guidance when anxiety and overwhelming feelings arise. There are many on the market—including Liberate, a meditation app designed for Black, Indigenous and other people of color; as well as Headspace, which is equipped with mindful workouts, sleep sounds, and guided meditations with soothing voices that will carry you into a state of bliss, no matter where you are or how much time you have.
The Best Mental-Health Apps for POC, According to Experts
The Strategist
In an effort to help people find the tools and digital spaces Black people and other POC have designed for themselves we spoke to six mental health and wellness experts about the best online resources and apps for Black people and other POC during these times.
Choosing a mindfulness app
MIT Medical
Many mindfulness apps have been developed as meditation aids. Others are geared toward helping us to stay more present throughout the day, using a periodic bell or reminder. Most of them have a free-trial period. Some then require a subscription, while others provide enough free content to support your ongoing mindfulness practice.
This Meditation App Was Created to Reduce Stress and Anxiety For BIPOC
Popsugar
As more data comes out about the health disparities Black and people of color deal with, especially when it comes to mental health, platforms and resources committed to the well-being of these groups are being created such as the meditation app Liberate. Founded by Julio Rivera, Liberate is the number one meditation app for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) with over 50,000 users. Unlike other meditation apps, Liberate was created for BIPOC helping them heal via resources focused on common cultural experiences they face such as microaggressions.

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