Popular Stardust Period Tracker Will Hand Over Users Data Without A Warrant

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Stardust, an astrology-focused menstrual tracking app, says in its privacy policy that when police ask for user data, it will comply, whether required by law or not, despite claims that the data is “anonymized” and “encrypted.”

“We may disclose your anonymized, encrypted information to third parties in order to protect the legal rights, safety, and security of the Company and the users of our Services; enforce our Terms of Service; prevent fraud, and comply with or respond to law enforcement or a legal process or a request for cooperation by a government or other entity, whether or not legally required,” Stardust’s Privacy Policy states.

Despite calls to delete their period tracking apps for privacy and security reasons after the Supreme Court ruled against abortion, more people are downloading Stardust.

Stardust markets itself as the choice for safety-conscious people to track their cycle. Stardust advertised that what sets it apart from other apps is an “encrypted wall” that keeps the data secure.

For a company that prides itself on its ability to ensure users privacy, the phrase “whether or not legally required” in a privacy policy remains unusual.

The sources for this piece include an article in MOTHERBOARD.


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