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The 'honesty app', Sarahah has gone viral soon after being launched. App's feature to send and receive anonymous messages is what caught the users' eye. People all around the world have been using the app with much zeal though that is all to vanish in the thin air soon.
It was found that the app has been uploading users' phone contacts and other private information to the company's servers. Zachary Julian, a senior security analyst who works for an IT security consulting firm discovered it by using a monitoring software, BURP Suite.
"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.
Most of the mobile applications ask permission to access contacts but in Sarahah there's no feature where these contacts are required as the user can't search for a friend or acquaintance using the contact information. Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq,
Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, Sarahah's founder informed that the contacts were uploaded for "for a planned 'find your friends' feature" which is yet to be released. Though, he further tweeted assuring the users that the data request will be removed from the application in the next update.
One of the most attracting features that users found in Sarahah was the anonymity factor which was breached by the entire ordeal.