- Nothing Chats Beta has been temporarily removed from the Google Play Store.
- There have been lots of privacy issues regarding the app’s data collection permissions.
- It has been removed from the Google Play Store “until further notice.”
Nothing Chats has been hyped to be a great messaging app for Nothing Phone 2 users. It might be the world’s first Android app that allows users to chat with iOS iMessage users. However, the Nothing Chats Beta version was pulled out of the Google Play Store a few days after its release.
According to Nothing, the app has been pulled out of the Store because they are “delaying the launch until further notice” until they “fix several bugs.”
However, in reality, it has some privacy issues because of the Sunbird platform that allows chats with iMessage users. It seems that Sunbird does not have an end-to-end encrypted platform – which means it can see all your messages.
Sunbird has access to every message sent and received through the app. They do this by abusing @getsentry, which is used to monitor errors.— Dylan Roussel (@evowizz) November 18, 2023
But Sunbird logs messages, pretending they are errors.
Here are part of the requests (img 1, 3) and their entire "message" (img 2, 4) pic.twitter.com/pzwwQVWfOb
Moreover, if you have a look at this Tweet above, you will realize that Sunbird has been purposely doing this. Sunbird uses the GetSentry dashboard to record all errors the servers are facing. However, it seems that they are a guise, as these error logs are actually records of the text messages that you are sending.
Moreover, Sunbird can have a peek at your chats after you send the message and before the receiver reads it. Even if the window to do so is short, this vulnerable window should not exist in the first place.
So what do you think about this Nothing Chats Beta privacy issue? Let us know in the comments below!