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Looks like Jack’d is finally letting someone else take the reins after it leaked users’ private pictures for a full year.
After losing major trust from internet users and its majority gay/bisexual men of color userbase, Jack’d has been bought out by another dating app. Scruff has agreed to buy the now defamed app after its large data breach scandal and neglectful response.
That said, Jack’d will still operate as an independent app, according to parent company Perry Street Software. That said, the app will be majorly redesigned and given a much-needed tech upgrade.
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But if you missed the entire situation surrounding Jack’d, here’s the rundown.
Back in February, a tech expert named Oliver Hough brought Jack’d to the attention of the internet. Hough had discovered that there was a gap in the coding at Jack’d that allowed anyone to access pictures (public and private) and data of the app’s users.
Hough says that he first reached out to Jack’d to let them know about the coding error. But after Jack’d did nothing about the mistake for three months, Hough took the story to news sources. It was later revealed that Jack’d knew about the issue for a full year.
Then last month, New York Attorney General Letitia James ruled that Jack’d had to pay $240,000 to the State of New York in a settlement after making this conscious mistake.