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Gay Dating App Settles Case of Exposing Users’ Nude Photos: Report

Launched in 2010, Jack'd is a location-based chat and dating app catering to gay and bisexual men. It is available for download on Android, iPhone and Windows phones globally, including in India

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A man uses the dating app Tinder in New Delhi, India (Representational image). VOA

Gay dating app ‘Jack’d’ has settled a complaint for $240,000 after its parent company failed to secure private and nude photos of approximately 1,900 members of the LGBTQ community online.

Owned by the US-based company Online Buddies, ‘Jack’d’ has over 6 million users around the world and it describes itself as the world’s ‘most culturally diverse gay dating app.’

However, earlier in February 2018, a privacy problem was reported to the senior management of Online Buddies and while the company immediately recognized the seriousness of its vulnerabilities, the US-based company failed to fix the problems for an entire year, The Verge reported on Sunday.

The exposed data included nude photos and pictures that revealed a user’s location – potentially putting them at risk of blackmail or even arrest in some countries.

New York’s attorney general Letitia James who settled the case also noted that the privacy fault was confirmed in an investigation despite which Online Buddies delayed fixing the issue for almost a year, the report said.

Tinder Dating App (Representational image).

As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to implement a ‘comprehensive security programme’ to avoid sensitive issues like data breach in the future.

Last year in April, another popular gay dating app ‘Grindr’ shared users’ HIV status with app optimization companies. Later, the app’s acquisition by a Chinese company raised national security issues.

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Tinder had to address a serious login vulnerability last year and a security researcher separately found that hackers could access some unencrypted user photos.

Launched in 2010, Jack’d is a location-based chat and dating app catering to gay and bisexual men. It is available for download on Android, iPhone and Windows phones globally, including in India. (IANS)

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79% Smartphone Users in India Using Over-the-Top (OTT) Apps

The OTT platforms installed on the devices are in addition to the casual entertainment apps such as YouTube and UGC

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Hotstar is the most-penetrated OTT entertainment app with 49 per cent of smartphone users having it installed on their devices. Pixabay

Seventy-nine per cent smartphone users in India are using over-the-top (OTT) apps for entertainment and as many as four out of five users have at least one OTT entertainment platform on their device, a new report said on Thursday.

Hotstar is the most-penetrated OTT entertainment app with 49 per cent of smartphone users having it installed on their devices.

The OTT platforms installed on the devices are in addition to the casual entertainment apps such as YouTube and UGC (User Generated Content) platforms like TikTok and with such as penetration, OTT entertainment apps have become the ‘most-penetrated’ app category for smartphone users in India after social networking, chatting and e-commerce Apps, revealed the report by market research firm techARC.

“Over the past three years, we have seen a lot of enablement both from the smartphone OEMs as well as operators’ sides. This has facilitated the growth of OTT entertainment services as well as consumption.

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Seventy-nine per cent smartphone users in India are using over-the-top (OTT) apps for entertainment and as many as four out of five users have at least one OTT entertainment platform on their device. Pixabay

“While 4G has undoubtedly created this category, it has been complemented by the smartphone industry that has innovated to save every micron on the screen for full-screen viewing, backed by a powerful battery and stereophonic sound,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC.

One of the main factors for Hotstar’s growth has been its sports content, especially cricket.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video has slightly better penetration than Netflix in India. Prime Video penetration is 15 per cent as compared to 13 per cent of Netflix.

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This is a result of Amazon’s close relationship with some smartphone OEMs where Amazon apps like Amazon Shopping and Amazon Prime Video come pre-loaded in the device. (IANS)