Why is data security important when it comes to your menstrual cycle?
We all know that google somehow knows more about us than what we are aware of.
Cookies play an important role, but it can also be the case that an open app “knows” which pages are still open on your browser too.
And that’s bad… why?
Now, it may not be all that important to you that Google, or whoever, knows that you are interested in certain things. You might even be happy sometimes when advertising fits your interests.
The problem is that we get very little of what “the internet” really knows about us – because one thing is clear: a lot of data is stored and the absolute majority of apps or services are only free because the entered data gets sold. In the case of personalised advertising, we may sometimes notice what happens to our data – but often not.
Apps may not cost you money, but this doesn’t mean they’re free.
Data is valuable and it is a better business model to collect and use/sell it than charging users a fee and having to take care of data protection precautions.
Facebook knows your menstrual cycle
And now imagine, e.g. Facebook not only knows what you are doing directly on your PC, but also analyses your behavior in connection with your menstrual cycle. How is that supposed to work you ask?
What goes on with your body is no longer a secret as soon as you use an app that passes on your data – and sadly most of them do!
Hardly anyone really reads the terms and conditions and data protection regulations of apps, because it would take an incredibly long time and you actually want to start using them, right?
-> The solution to keeping your data protected
However, if you also don’t want to give away your data about something as personal as your cycle and you think it is somehow scary that you do not know where it ends up and what happens to it, then this article is the right one for you!
Here you will find a selection of 4 cycle tracking apps that keep your data to themselves so you can use them without any worries 🙂
Are you also wondering if there is a sustainable and eco-friendly way to track your menstrual cycle? “Usual” products involve a lot of waste and pollution and are, most of the time, produced under unfair conditions. That’s why we searched for the perfect alternatives and have found quite a few!
Cycle tracking Apps
My approach is always: just try it. If you are like me you are already downloading those 4 apps to test them. But if you would like to read a little about my experience with those applications, you are also welcome.
Since all of these apps can all do pretty much the same thing and they mainly differ in their design and educational offers, I will just start with my favourite app.
Natural Cycles is a really well-prepared app, which in addition to the standard calendar also provides a lot of evaluations of the different cycle phases based on your own data. Everything is described clearly and easily and if you are not very familiar with the biology of periods, you can also learn in a playful way in the app – e.g. with the cycle quiz.
In addition, other data such as your temperature can be entered and its development over time can be easily observed. It’s really an all-in-one solution, easy to understand and nice to use.
Natural Cycles is therefore highly recommended! If you would like to read about the data protection regulations yourself, you can find them via this link. Normally, using the app costs €64.99 for one year – BUT as a reader of this blog, however, you can take the special offer of -20% off on the first year + a free basal thermometer for you. If you would like to try the app, you can register directly using the link below.
So what about you? Did you experience a lack of data security before or are you protective of your personal data too? Do you have any further experience with one of those apps or others you could recommend?
I’m happy to read your comments or personal massages!