Sarahah app is stealing your phone's contacts

The app’s partial interest in your contacts is not hidden though. On both iOS and Android platforms Sarahah asks for permission to access each user’s phone contacts. Even if declined users can continue to use the app

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So, if you allowed the app to access your contact initially at the time of installation, then your phone's contacts are saved on the company's server.

However, users who permit access to their contacts list probably think it will add some functionality to the app which as of now is non-existent.

However, on the latest Android versions and iPhones, it is asking for a prompt to "access contacts", but without any justification of why it's doing so.

The problem is that privacy policy specifically states that if it plans to use your data, Sarahah will ask for permission. While the developers are claiming that this feature was to be removed before making the application live, there is no information as to what will happen to all the contacts that are already with the app developers.

"Sarahah has between 5 and 10 million installs on just the Play store alone for Android, so if you extrapolate that number, it could easily get into hundreds of millions of phone numbers and email addresses that they've harvested", Julian said. Are you using the app and if yes, what are your thoughts on the app collecting your contacts?

In conclusion, for Sarahah users concerned with privacy is that they do not need to download the service app but can use the features like sending messages, register and receiving messages on Sarahah, via a website. Though, he further tweeted assuring the users that the data request will be removed from the application in the next update. He discovered this fact when he downloaded the Sarahah app on this mobile.

For those who have installed Sarahah but no longer wish to share their data, head over to settings apps and select the app.

The CCCP is encouraging parents to talk to their teens about the harm it can cause and limiting their use of the app. It was created in Saudi Arabia by developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, according to news accounts. On both iOS and Android, there is no mention of data being uploaded to a server. Another was Secret, now defunct, which was supposed to traffic in anonymized messages from friends and friends of friends.

With that being said, users should tread lightly with regards to Sarahah until the commotion surrounding this privacy gaffe dies down. Sarahah argues that this allows people from work to give constructive advice in an anonymous way, users get to know their areas of strength as well as their areas that need improvement. The site does not ask for permissions to access contacts from any of your address books.

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