How to make sense of your fitness app’s privacy policy


Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

One of the ways that connected fitness apps keep you exercising is by using accountability — the ability to share your workouts with friends so you can urge each other onward — but wanting to share with your pals is different than wanting to share with an app developer or some anonymous marketer.

How much of your data is shared, and to whom, is usually set out in the privacy policy that most people accept (and don’t bother to read) when they are installing an app. To see exactly what you are agreeing to, we took a look at the privacy policies of some popular fitness apps. Some are good. Some are alarming. For many of them, there may be things that you will want to manually opt out of if you want to guard your privacy.

But before we…

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