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After being hit with a formal complaint from the Norwegian Consumer Council, Runkeeper admits its fitness app overstepped its tracking efforts because of a bug, Fortune reports. The NCC’s complaint said the app kept tracking users’ locations even when it wasn’t in use. Runkeeper claimed this was due to a bug originating from the way the app integrated with a third-party advertising service. “Like other Android apps, when the Runkeeper app is in the background, it can be awakened by the device when certain events occur (like when the device receives a Runkeeper push notification). When such events awakened the app, the bug inadvertently caused the app to send location data to the third-party service,” Runkeeper wrote in a blog. Though Runkeeper has eliminated the bug, the NCC says Runkeeper’s action was “a start, but far from good enough.”
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