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QuizUp Sends Personal User Info To Strangers, Company Says Bug Contributed To Weakened Security

on November 26, 2013

TechCrunch

It’s only been two-and-a-half weeks since hit mobile trivia app QuizUp began to take the world by storm. It’s fun, and it’s addictive*… but if you haven’t started playing yet, you might want to wait a little bit before downloading the app and connecting it to Facebook. That’s because one software developer claims to have uncovered what he views to be privacy issues with the way that QuizUp stores and shares personal information. Updates below.

Kyle Richter, a software developer and CEO of Dragon Forged Software (full disclosure: a competitor of sorts to QuizUp), wrote a blog post today detailing how QuizUp shares the personal information of its users with their opponents in plain text. According to Richter, that information includes but is not limited to “full names, Facebook IDs, email addresses, pictures, genders, birthdays, and even location data for where the user currently is.”

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