Liberate

Warning: *privacy not included with this product

Liberate

Liberate
Wi-Fi

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

*privacy not included

Dive Deeper

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