An estimated 50 million women around the world use apps that help them monitor their menstrual cycle or even calculate their fertile days when trying to conceive. Some of them provide other information, such as the ability to monitor for any abnormalities or hormonal disorders. However, how confident can they be users that the personal information shared with these apps is secure?
When we start using a menstrual monitoring application, information such as name, age, sexual orientation, etc. are often requested. Some applications They can also ask more personal questions such as whether a woman is trying to have a child.
According to a recent study, some of the most popular period tracking apps report data health of their users to commercial companies for targeted advertising. Health researchers can also benefit from this data without obtaining user consent.
Many companies use these applications to track their employees and their future family planning. This extreme measure can discriminate against women whose personal information has been disclosed to the company.
In addition, many women commented that menstrual tracking apps were mostly unsuccessful in monitoring a pregnancy and other activities. This has resulted in the provision of incorrect information from time to time.