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iOS Review on May 23, 2020
Houseparty has over 50 million active users, but it doesn't ask for user consent before throwing data at third party trackers, and it doesn't give the user any way to opt-out. A well-resourced company like Houseparty can and should do better.
Houseparty's Privacy Rating is C. We found 6 different third-party trackers in the Houseparty app, and there were 224 attempted tracking connections detected during our test.
Blocked tracking attempts.
How was tracker testing done?
Tested using Lockdown v0.3.6 with "Marketing (Beta)" Block List enabled.
What was done during the test?
224 tracking attempts in the 5 minute test: app installed, launched, signup for account, and ten second video chat.
How many tracking attempts each time the app is opened?
36 tracking attempts on each app open.
Did user give consent to tracking before tracking started?
No. Tracking began immediately after first launch, without user consent.
Other important red flags or notes?
The "Connect To Facebook" feature was not used. Using it would have likely resulted in Facebook Tracker activity.
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