Sprout Pregnancy

Warning: *privacy not included with this product

Sprout Pregnancy

Review date: Aug. 9, 2022

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy

When we select which apps to review for a guide like this, something we look for are apps that are highly recommended by consumer publications. The Sprout Pregnancy app was recommended in 2022 by both Cosmopolitan and Forbes. Based on these positive reviews and the fact that the app has over one million downloads in the Google Play store, we included this app in our list to research. Which is why we were quite surprised that we weren't able to find a privacy policy at all for the Sprout Pregnancy app. On top of that, the company that makes the app never responded to our multiple emails trying to get answers to our privacy questions. This is all very bad for an app that lets you build a "personalized pregnancy timeline" and collects information like weight, doctor appointments, birth plan, and a pregnancy journal. A pregnancy app that collects so much very personal information should take privacy quite seriously. The fact the Sprout Pregnancy app doesn't have a privacy policy indicates to us it does not.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Well, this isn't good. It's terrible in fact. It seems the Sprout Pregnancy app doesn't have a privacy policy. Yup, an app that potentially collects lots of personal information about you, your body, and your life doesn't care enough about your privacy to have a privacy policy. All we were able to find for the Sprout Pregnancy app was a Terms of Service doc last updated in September, 2013 that had a very brief section called "Use of Collected Data" that didn't really contain much useful information. This is an automatic *Privacy Not Included for us. Please do not use this app. Please never use an app that doesn't have a privacy policy.

Weirdly, of the other apps Sprout makes — Spout Fertility & Period Tracker, Sprout Baby, and Sprout Care — Sprout Pregnancy is the only app of theirs that doesn't have a privacy policy. The others do, even if they haven't been updated recently. What's up with Sprout Pregnancy? We're just not sure. So again, please don't use this app. We can't even tell what could go wrong because we have no idea what data they collect and how they use it. Bad, bad, BAD!

Tips to protect yourself

  • Never use an app without a privacy policy.
  • 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)
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: N/A

App: No

Microphone

Device: N/A

App: No

Tracks location

Device: N/A

App: No

What can be used to sign up?

No log-in available

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Unknown, as there is no Privacy Policy that we could find.

How can you control your data?

Unknown, as there is no Privacy Policy that we could find.

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

Unknown, as there is no Privacy Policy that we could find.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User-friendly privacy information?

No

The Sprout Pregnancy app does not have a privacy policy that we could find. The Sprout Fertility & Period Tracking app, Sprout Baby app, and Sprout Care apps all appear to have some sort of privacy policy. but not the Sprout Pregnancy app.

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

No

Encryption

Can’t Determine

Strong password

N/A

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Can’t Determine

Privacy policy

No

We could find no privacy policy for the Sprout Pregnancy app, only a terms of service page last updated September 1, 2013.

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

The 12 Best Pregnancy Tracker Apps Of 2021, According To An Ob-Gyn
Women's Health
You can't trust just any baby-tracking app, either. (And definitely not a free one, BTW—go ahead and shill out at least a buck for accuracy.) Here are the best baby tracker apps on the market, so you too can start telling everyone when your baby's the size of a cantaloupe (and, you know, get lots of other super-helpful pregnancy info, too).
Best Pregnancy Apps for 2022
Forbes Health
Nine months can feel like a lifetime when you’re expecting a baby. But rest assured—there are a slew of apps out there to help you track and monitor your baby’s development (as well as your own body’s changes), making you feel that much closer and connected to the little one growing inside you. To identify the best pregnancy tracking apps for 2022, the Forbes Health editorial team analyzed 25 pregnancy tracker apps. Whether you’re looking for a pregnancy tracking app that connects you with other moms-to-be or one that counts your baby’s kicks, you’ll find it on our list.

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