In not so good news, popular 3rd party keyboard for Android smartphone users, SwiftKey, leaks users’ personal information – including email addresses and phone numbers – to other users. Apparently, when the app synchronises users’ data, some of the data leaks across to other users.
In response to the situation, SwiftKey has suspended data synschronisation on the app and issued an official statement about this development:
This week, a few of our customers noticed unexpected predictions where unfamiliar terms, and in some rare cases emails, appeared when using their mobile phone. We are working quickly to resolve this inconvenience.
While this did not pose a security issue for our customers, we have turned off the cloud sync service and have updated our applications to remove email address predictions. During this time, it will not be possible to back up your SwiftKey language model.
The vast majority of SwiftKey users are not affected by this issue. If you have any reason to believe you are seeing unfamiliar predictions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We take users’ privacy and security very seriously and are committed to maintaining world-class standards for our community.
SwiftKey was acquired by Microsoft earlier this year.