The terms further refer to “related companies” in addition to Facebook and other “social media partners”. In addition, Google Maps and “email partners” are mentioned. The Consumers’ Association further states that Runkeeper draws up profiles on the basis of user data. For example, based on location, activities, status information, comments and photos. The organization infers that profiles are being drawn up from the fact that Runkeeper says it makes an estimate of the interests of users based on the collected data.
The organization also wants Runkeeper to give its users the opportunity to indicate whether data may be collected for commercial purposes. Currently, there would only be an opt-out option for receiving email.
An investigation by the Norwegian counterpart of the Consumers’ Association, which took place in 2016, showed that the app forwarded GPS data to third parties. This also happened when the app was not used. Runkeeper responded to the report at the time by stating that it was a bug. The Android version of the app has between 10 and 50 million downloads. In its own words, the app has a total of 26 million users.