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The Bump Pregnancy Tracker & Baby App
Oof, The Bump Pregnancy Tracker & Baby app comes with some very bumpy privacy and security concerns for us. Which isn't great for an app that tracks all the pregnancy things like baby development, your growing bump, exclusive 3D interactive visualization of your baby's growth, pregnancy symptoms, doctors visits, and more. The Bump also says it offers the "largest catalog of baby products and reviews across all major retailers" which sure sounds like it's going to try and sell you lots of baby stuff. While The Bump website and pregnancy tracker app seem to provide expecting parents with a wealth of information, we worry all that information might be coming at the cost of your privacy. A good reminder that expecting parents are a ripe market for so many advertisers to target and sell products all across the web. Be careful out there expecting parents!
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Let me break it down for you a little bit more. The Bump says they can collect a whole bunch of persona; information on you from lots of places. They can collect name, email address, postal address, precise location, phone number, wireless device address, gender, interests, lifestyle information, and hobbies, photos, videos, and of course all that personal health information you give the app like doctor visits, baby photos, symptoms, and more. The Bump also says they can collect information on you from third party sources like data resellers (brokers), social media sites, and public sources and combine that with all the other data they've collected on you. Yup, The Bump knows a whole lot about you. They love information!
What does The Bump say they can do with all this information they gather on your from all over the place? Well, share and potentially sell it. Which is bad. They say they can share your data with lots of third-party online advertisers and ad networks, all their business affiliates, service providers, and other third-party partners for marketing and to offer co-branded products or services. They share it with soooo many third-parties it's rather heads spinning. They also go on to say, "We may use Aggregate/De-Identified Information for any purpose, including without limitation for research and marketing purposes, and may also share such data with any third parties, including advertisers, promotional partners, and sponsors, in our discretion." Yikes! This practice always concerns us because it's been found to be pretty easy to re-identify such data, especially if location data is included.
So, basically, The Bump seems like it wants collect as much data on you as possible from as many sources as they like, take all your data and share it around to sooo many third-party advertisers and affiliates to make as much money off it as possible. Yuck! This is maybe not what you expect to happen with all your personal information when you are expecting? We sure hope not.
What's the worst that could happen with this app? Uhg, well, if you do use The Bump, count on see lots and lots of ads following you all around the internet trying to sell you lots of pregnancy and baby products. Which might be fine. It also might not be great for your mental health is you're a woman forced to carry a pregnancy to term that you don't want to because you live in a state where abortion is not legal. That could go very poorly.
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.
- 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)
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Name, email, postal address, phone number, geolocation
Photos, videos, audio you share, information on your pregnancy
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 '111111'. There is at least a requirement of 6 digits.
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