GAY DATING APP JACK’D PUTS 5 MILLION USERS AT RISK, LEFT PRIVATE DATA, PICS UNSECURE
Everybody likes having sex. Or maybe, everybody likes being social in some way. But dating apps make the having sex part a lot easier. Pretty much everyone under 50 has at least looked at one. And everyone younger than that has had a profile, pretty much. But privacy is a big issue these days when it comes to information online. It keeps being an issue that freaks everyone out. But this time the freak out will hit users of the gay dating app, Jack’d. But they should freak out. The app stored their users’ private images and their personal data on an unsecured server! But that includes their chat sessions, too! So what could be worse? Jack’d knew a year ago.
JACK’D FINALLY SECURED USER DATA JUST A WEEK AGO
More than 1 million people have downloaded the Jack’d app from the Play store alone. That’s just a few users. That’s just a bit of completely violated privacy. This horrible situation was first reported by Ars Technica. But they at least were able to confirm that by the time they published the news, that the server leak was at last closed. As for Jack’d, they’re still doing a full review of their app. But the horses, as it were, left the barn when the doors were open. So how bad was it, really? Pretty much all user images, both public and private, were open to the public. But so was all user metadata, like location among so much else.
PRIVATE IMAGES, CHATS, LOCATION DATA COULD GET GAY PEOPLE KILLED
So that means really intimate and private images (think balls on) are out there. But those images are identifiable to users themselves! But when location data is available as well, that puts lives at risk. So just think about it. Being gay is illegal in a bunch of places, still. So if you are “outed” as a gay person with “evidence” like intimate pictures and you were in a place where being gay is illegal…. That’s some scary stuff. Because the places where being gay is illegal happen to be where the penalty for being gay is terrifying, even deadly. This is a problem, considering there are over 5 million Jack’d users worldwide. Plus, it took Jack’d an entire year to fix the problem, as of just a week ago. Deplorable.