Free Fertility App Shared Info With Third Parties, FTC Says

THURSDAY, May 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Owners of the free fertility app Premom have settled with users after sharing health data without consent to other companies, including Google and marketing firms in China. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the $200,000 settlement with Premom owner Easy Healthcare.

“Premom broke its promises and compromised consumers’ privacy,” Samuel Levine, director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in an FTC news release. “We will vigorously enforce the Health Breach Notification Rule to defend consumer’s health data from exploitation. Companies collecting this information should be aware that the FTC will not tolerate health privacy abuses.”

As part of a proposed settlement, the company agreed to a $100,000 civil penalty and another $100,000 to be paid to Connecticut, Oregon, and the District of Columbia for violating their laws.

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