Samsung phones are sending photos to their owner’s contacts without their permission
Sky News: Samsung phones are sending photos to their owner’s contacts without their permission, according to reports.
The Guardian said Samsung is investigating reports that its default text messaging app on the Galaxy S8 and S9 smartphones is sending photos to random contacts without permission.
The issue may have been be caused by an update to the texting app Samsung Messages.
Frighteningly, the app doesn’t even show users that the files have been sent – they’re only finding out when they get a response from the recipient of the random photos.
“Last night around 2.30am, my phone sent [my girlfriend] my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app,” one Reddit user complained.
They added that they had enabled a setting allowing pictures to be automatically backed-up to Google, and suspected that the leak occurred because of an update to the Samsung Messages app.
Additional owners of the Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 8 devices have complained about picture dumps, prompting one Reddit user to quip: “Do S9’s come with divorce lawyers?”
Another referenced the self-immolation of Note 7s debacle by stating: “Give me a spontaneously exploding phone any day of the week, Samsung, instead of this nightmare scenario.”