Facebook Acquires Fitness Tracking App “Moves”

ProtoGeo Oy, the company behind the Moves app for iOS and Android that tracks your daily steps and activity, announced today that it has been acquired by Facebook.

The Moves app uses your phone’s accelerometer, GPS, and — if you have an iPhone 5S — the M7 co-processor to automatically track your walks, bike trips, runs, and other activity.

Many consumers have already been uneasy with Moves’ location tracking, so it is no surprise that many users are now upset with the new connection with Facebook.  The social media site also recently announced that it would start allowing you to track your friend’s location, although it is not clear at this point if the Moves app will be part of that service.  According to Moves’ blog post:

For those of you that use the Moves app — the Moves experience will continue to operate as a standalone app, and there are no plans to change that or commingle data with Facebook

If you’re OK with Moves’ privacy policy, then this may be good news for you: the Moves app is now free.

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