So-called honesty app Sarahah being used to bully peers

So-called honesty app Sarahah being used to bully peers

Sarahah lets its users comment on others anonymously but it doesn't reveal the name and neither does the app allow users to reply to a comment. Sarahah is among the top five most downloaded apps in Google's Play Store for Android, according to analytics firm App Annie. Created by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, the app is aimed to help people identify their strengths and weaknesses.

It's very much possible the app isn't doing anything with the data it collects but the information does needlessly get sent to the company's servers when it really have to be.

The above occurrence clears that the app is somewhere interested in your contacts. "The database doesn't now host contacts and the data request will be removed on next update", he continues. This essentially means that the company is collecting data from users for a new feature which doesn't even exists as of today. He stated that the feature was obstructed by "technical issues" and that a partner, who he has stopped working with, was supposed to remove it from the server but "missed that". On Android, the app in some cases requests access to contacts without giving any need for needing such access, and in other cases makes no such request. You can instead register yourself on Sarahah via a website after which you be allowed to send and receive messages. Julian reportedly found that the same occurs on iPhone, and that the app will also re-download all of your contacts if you haven't accessed it on your phone in some time.

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The app, however, does require permission and user consent to upload data from the devices to its servers.

Zachary Julian, a senior security analyst at Bishop Fox, discovered Sarahah's uploading of private information when he installed the app on his Android phone, a Galaxy S5 running Android 5.1.1. In the privacy policy page, it has been stated specifically that if it plans to use your data, it will ask for consent.

"As soon as you log into the application, it transmits all of your email and phone contacts stored on the Android operating system", Julian quoted. NO. Julian found that even if you haven't used Sarahah in a while, it will still share all your contacts again. He also tweeted that Sarahah now stores no contacts in its databases, which is impossible to verify. For users who are anxious about their privacy on Sarahah, you can go to the Sarahah website and remove your account from the app. The site does not ask for permissions to access contacts from any of your address books.

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