Sarahah uploading entire contacts book to their servers

Honesty App Sarahah Is Said To Be Collecting Contacts From Users’ Address Book Quietly 
  Applications  by Karthik Iyer 1 hour ago1

It's been dubbed "the honesty app" because it allows users to give constructive criticism anonymously but the Canadian Centre for Child Protection warns it has quickly turned into a platform for cyberbullying and harassment.

Sarahah is estimated to have been downloaded by over 18 million people worldwide from Apple and Google's online stores and until recently, it reportedly ranked number three on the most downloaded free app for iPhones and iPads. Created by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, the app is aimed to help people identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Well, not sure about you, but collecting data for a feature which is not even available yet, can not be justified for most people.

The above occurrence clears that the app is somewhere interested in your contacts. However, it still brings up concerns about user privacy and how various mobile applications have been treating your data. The app is available in two languages, English and Arabic, for iOS and Android users. 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".

In case you are anxious about Sarahah having access to your contact data without any real goal at the moment, it can be turned off before you install the app, or even after you are done installing. The site doesn't ask for or require access to your contacts in the digital address books for you to use Sarahah. For instance, on iOS, the app says "the app needs to access your contacts to show you who has an account in Sarahah", and allows the user to select between "Okay" and "Don't allow". Reports from the website point at the fact that Sarahah is silently uploading the contact data of it's users on to it's servers. 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", he said, later confirming the same happens on iOS. He also tweeted that Sarahah now stores no contacts in its databases, which is impossible to verify. NO. Julian found that even if you haven't used Sarahah in a while, it will still share all your contacts again.

Have you been using Sarahah and posting the comments on Facebook and Twitter? Over there you can manually disable the permission to access contacts.

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