SwiftKey suspends sync feature after user privacy breach

A Reddit user claimed to be getting word and email suggestions from someone else on his SwiftKey app

By: Tech Desk | Updated: August 2, 2016 11:14 am
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Users of the keyboard app SwiftKey recently realised that the application was sending other people’s predictive texts onto their own devices. This included the app populating someone’s prediction column with another person’s email address and searched phrases.

According to a SwiftKey blog post, the bug related back to the app’s cloud sync service that has now been suspended. In it’s blog post SwiftKey wrote, “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.” The blog post also said that this leak did not post a security risk for its users.

A lot of Reddit threads have been generated over this issue. One Reddit user shared a comment saying that his Samsung Galaxy S6 after a reset and restore started showing him someone else’s German predictions, even though he only had an English (UK) pack installed. “I have never typed German in my entire life,” the user wrote. He also received suggestion for an email that did not belong to him.

Another user replied to the thread, claiming that after he restored the SwiftKey app on his Samsung Note 4, the app gave him Spanish suggestions. This user also received email suggestions for someone else’s email ID.

SwiftKey recently sent out an update for mobile devices, with the sub-tag reading “General bug fixes”.

SwiftKey was bought by Microsoft for $250 million back in February 2016, with a plan to integrate SwiftKey’s technology with its own Word Flow keyboard.

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