updated 06:33 am EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Policy update reneges earlier statements over Moves data privacy
The policy change, spotted by the Wall Street Journal, could grant Facebook more location-based data, something it is already trying to acquire through its own initiatives. The social network is reportedly testing location information embedding and integrating Facebook Places data into Instagram, and recently announced it will be adding Nearby Friends to its iOS and Android apps, offering notifications to users if they are close to each other.
A statement from Facebook received by Mashable seems to state that the commingling of data will not take place, despite the policy change. "Commingling, or merging, data would allow us to identify Moves users who are also Facebook users - we have no plans to do that. In other words, Facebook is not adding Moves user data to a Facebook user's Facebook account," reads the statement, though it continues to advise it will be providing "support and services" to the Moves app, something that does require access to Moves data.