Warning: *privacy not included with this product
Review date: Aug. 9, 2022
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Gold or Silver? That's the question Pregnancy+ asks users at sign up. Which "experience" would you like? Then they push you hard to pick Gold by saying Gold is "the best possible experience with a customized journey and advertisement that is relevant for you." What that really means is that if you pick Gold, they'll track you not only with cookies, but also with your advertising ID so they can learn more about you, target ads toward you based on your interests and preferences, and share even more of your personal data with the likes of Facebook and Google. Pick Silver, people!
So, yeah, Pregnancy+ does collect a whole lot of personal and sensitive information on you. Things like name, age, location, weight, baby's gender, due date, pictures of your belly, what's on your pregnancy shopping list, and so much more if you chose to share things like doctor's notes and favorite baby names. And, as you can already tell, it uses some of your personal information to have third-parties target you with ads. Pregnancy+ also shares data with more than just third-party advertisers. They also say they can share your personal information with external media partners like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for ad purposes and they can share your information with lots of business partners for marketing purposes. They say, "By selecting one or multiple partners and tapping 'Sign-up!' you are authorizing and instructing Philips to share your contact details (email, first name, last name), due date, mobile device information (country, locale and operating system) and authorization (consent text and date) with the selected partners to receive personalized offers from them in accordance with your choices."
Pregnancy+ collects a lot of personal information, asks to share a good deal of this information for targeted advertising and marketing purposes, and even combines all your data to create a pretty big profile on you to target you with even more personalized content and services. None of this is great if you care about privacy.
Tips to protect yourself
- When you no longer use the app, go to "Delete app data" in the app menu
- Chose a strong password! You may use a password control tool like 1Password, KeePass etc.
- Do not give access to your camera, files and media.
- Better choice 'Silver' plan when asked during the sign-up. The 'Golden' one includes personalised advertisement.
- Use your device privacy controls to limit access to your personal information via app (do not give access to your camera, microphone, images and videos)
- Keep your app regularly updated
- Limit ad tracking via your device (eg on iPhone go to Privacy -> Advertising -> Limit ad tracking) and biggest ad networks (for Google, go to Google account and turn off ad personalization)
Can it snoop on me?
What can be used to sign up?
Facebook and Google log-ins available
What data does the company collect?
Baby's gender, your gender, age, location, date baby is born
Your weight, diary entries, birth plan, belly pictures, details of multivitamin & hospital bag list & shopping list.
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
No known privacy or security incidents discovered in the last 3 years.
Child Privacy Information
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
We managed to sign in with '11111111'. There is at least a requirement of 8 digits.
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