Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Samsung’s texting app apparently sent pictures to people’s contacts without permission

Samsung's logo is seen on a building during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain on Feb. 25 2018 Samsung's logo is seen on a building during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain on Feb. 25 2018
Kayla Schwartz | 03 July, 2018, 16:25

Reports from Samsungphone users emerged, stating that pictures have been sent from their phones to seemingly random contacts, without their permission. According to posts on Reddit and Samsung's official support boards first spotted by Gizmodo, the devices affected include the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 8. The only way people know this is happening, is once they receive a response from the recipient of the message sent.

One user wrote on Reddit that his Galaxy S9+ send his entire photo gallery to his girlfriend, while he was sleeping at night.

Samsung smartphone owners have reported an issue with the company's default texting application, which results in their photos being sent to random contacts without their authorisation. RCS improves the legacy SMS protocol with additional features such as read reports, media sharing and more. On Samsung's Galaxy S9 support board, a user said Samsung Messages became buggy after an T-Mobile RCS/advanced messaging update on his phone.

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As you can probably imagine, many are concerned about this issue as having your photos sent to a random contact puts your privacy at risk. "Might be worth checking logs on your carrier's site, because it happened on my T-Mobile Note8".

Samsung has acknowledged the issue in a statement released to U.S. outlets such as The Washington Post: "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it".

Samsung acknowledged an inquiry from Gizmodo that it was aware of the bug and that it is now working on a fix. Some users on the Reddit thread have pointed out turning off Storage access for the Samsung Messages app on their phones will give a temporary fix to the problem. Your other option seems to be switching to a different texting app, like Textra or Google's Android Messages app, which thus far appear to be unaffected.

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