Users of Glow, a fertility-tracking app available on both Android and iOS platforms, may experience a privacy issue with the app. As warned by its developer, they may some danger to exposing personal data from a privacy loophole they recently discovered. According to the developer, the issue arises whenever the feature "connect a partner" is used. Prior to discovering this loophole, the app users may have made some of their data accessible to third parties when they chose the feature.
The "connect a partner" feature offered by the app allowed its users to give their partners an access to some of the information they stored in the app. Despite making the loophole known to the public, the developers are informing their users that there is no reason to panic. The developers share that there is a "low risk" of data exposure. In fact, less than 0.15 percent out of the four million users of the Glow app may be affected by it. So far, the developers assures the public that there hasn't been any evidence to support the idea that there was a breach. The company sent over a statement to The Verge saying that their data has not been compromised.
Ever since the loophole was discovered, the developers were already able to address the issue. The vulnerability was noted on the email verification process. This is why the app developers have encouraged those using the app to change their passwords and even update Glow as soon as they can.
Despite the fact that there are a number of fertility-tracking apps available in the market, Glow gained success and popularity over the other options. This is largely in part with the big names backing the app-- Paypal's Max Levchin acts as co-founder and the executive chairman of the company running the Glow app. Levchin has also partnered with CEO Mike Huang in creating a non-profit organization of Glow which funds fertility treatments for the users of the app.