So-called honesty app Sarahah being used to bully peers

Hit App Sarahah Quietly Uploads Your Address Book

Hit App Sarahah Quietly Uploads Your Address Book

The new app, Saraha which gets people to leave anonymous messages to other users has apparently been collecting users contact lists without their permission. Controversial or lovable, the app was a success. The behaviour was spotted by security analyst Zachary Julian. If Sarahah did ever begin showing which of your contacts are on its network, as advertised, this would lead to a new problem-it would make it far easier to deduce who is sending messages.

An app meant to allow people to give anonymous feedback to friends and coworkers is being used by teens to bully their peers.

Sarahah allegedly downloads the user's contacts along with phone numbers and email addresses.

However, most of the newer Android operating systems, starting with Android 6.0 ("Marshmallow") do allow for more granular permissions for apps and also allows users to modify controls so that apps do not gain access to contacts or other information.

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However, is it really true? If you want, you can go and delete your account. 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 choose between "Okay" and "Don't allow".

Sarahah lets people sign up to receive anonymised, candid messages and has been surging in popularity; somewhere north of 18 million people are estimated to have downloaded it from Apple and Google's online stores, making it one of the most downloaded app for iPhones and iPads. However the developer claims that there is a feature in the works and it will be released in the months to follow.

In our opinion it is unfair to say that Sarahah is "stealing" your data because of the sheer transparency that the developer has shown. There is no friends-list inside the app.

Also Read: Here's the Indian connection to the much popular Sarahah app "The database doesn't now host contacts and the data request will be removed on next update", he added. 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. Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, the app's founder took to Twitter to confirm Sarahah's data collection, adding that the app was harvesting the data for a "find your friends feature", which was supposed to be integrated into the app but was "delayed due to a technical issue". You can later enable it from the settings. The site does not ask for permissions to access contacts from any of your address books.

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