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Bipartisan senators call for investigation of popular fertility app

Bipartisan senators call for investigation of popular fertility app
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Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharStart focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-Minn.) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranLobbying world This World Suicide Prevention Day, let's recommit to protecting the lives of our veterans Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg acknowledges failure to take down Kenosha military group despite warnings | Election officials push back against concerns over mail-in voting, drop boxes MORE (R-Kan.) on Friday urged regulators to probe popular fertility app Premom after an investigation found significant data vulnerabilities.

The International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC) earlier this month revealed that Premom, which has been downloaded more than half a million times, was secretly collecting sensitive data about users and sharing it with three Chinese advertising companies with its Android app.

The nonprofit consumer privacy group alerted the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Illinois attorney general about the application, raising concerns that the data-sharing could be breaking state and federal laws.

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The investigation found that Premom users were not aware of the geolocation data and hardware identifier collection happening through the app.

The Hill has reached out to the app for comment.

Klobuchar and Moran urged the FTC to investigate the claims in the IDAC's report.

"While we understand that Premom has taken steps to update its app to halt the sharing of its users’ information with these companies, it is concerning that Premom may have engaged in these deceptive practices and shared users’ personal data without their consent," the senators, joined by Sens. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellDemocrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein Hillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives MORE (D-Wash.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform MORE (D-Mass.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoGOP power shift emerges with Trump, McConnell Bill to expand support for community addiction treatment passes House Hillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference MORE (R-W.Va.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate Intel leadership urges American vigilance amid foreign election interference Intel officials say Iran, Russia seeking to influence election Senate Intel leaders warn of election systems threats MORE (D-Va.), wrote.

"Additionally, there may still be users who have not yet updated the Premom app, which could still be sharing their personal data—without their knowledge or consent."

The letter asks the FTC whether it treats hardware identifiers, which cannot be reset by users, as personally identifiable data for the purpose of its privacy enforcement duties.

It also presses the agency on what it can do to preempt similar deceptive practices in the future.