What is Sarahah?What You Need to Know About Sarahah?Is It Secure?

August 21, 2017 0 Comments;

Have you ever wanted to tell a friend or acquaintance what you really thought about them, but you don’t want to own up to it? Good news, Sarahah, an anonymous messaging app, is ready for you to download.

Sarahah, created by Saudi programmer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, launched in February and garnered a strong user base in Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, but it arrived in the Apple App Store in June. Currently, Sarahah is trending in the App Store, thanks to the teens (the app’s main demographic) linking to it on their Instagram and Snapchat accounts.

What is Sarahah?

Sarahah is an anonymous messaging service. Once a user registers, they can give the link to their friends or post it publicly online and anyone with that link can send them anonymous messages. The recipient has no way of knowing who posted the message or responding to it in any way.

“Sarahah” is the Arabic word for candor or openness, and those are certainly qualities that could be used to describe the many users who are flocking to download a social app that lets them send anonymous messages. Introduced last year by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, Sarahah began as a website intended for employees to give anonymous, honest feedback to their employers. After some success in Arabic-speaking countries, Tawfiq rolled out an English version last month. Like many anonymous messaging apps before it, the new app has caught on rapidly with teens.

What’s Sarahah Doing With My data? Is It Secure?

This question is a bit more nuanced. Sarahah’s privacy policy, which is only accessible if you tap the hyperlink next to an “agree to terms of service” box when signing up, is vaguely worded and relatively short. To figure out what was going on, Inverse called Jonathan Turco, a partner at Klein Moynihan Turco LLP, a New York law firm that specializes in digital privacy law and internet marketing law. We emailed Sarahah’s privacy policy (which you can read in full at the bottom of this article) to Turco and asked him to have a look.

Turco says that on paper at least Sarahah’s sparse privacy policy is “pretty consumer-friendly.” The app claims it doesn’t collect personal data. It also claims it won’t sell any data you provide to a third party without prior and written consent, other than “bulk data used for statistics and research,” which wouldn’t have any identifying characteristics. “There’s nothing in the privacy policy itself that would give me pause,” Turco says, running through a list of red flags that he looks out for like navigation data collection or intent to rent, sell, or share data.

The only cause for concern, Turco says, is that Sarahah is basically a complete unknown. Created by Saudi programmer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, the app launched in February and first gained a following in the Middle East. But it’s not made by a major company. It’s just a random app that went viral.

“Any time you submit data to a website, they can do whatever they want with it,” Turco says. “It might not be legal, but just because the privacy policy says that your data is protected doesn’t mean that the other party has to respect their side of the agreement.”

Essentially, Turco says his only note of caution is in trusting a new company “without an established reputation or a lot of customer experience.” Most of the user feedback has centered around Sarahah’s facilitation of online bullying, not privacy concerns, but Turco’s advice is to always take a pause before signing up for a new app from a relatively unknown developer.

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to delete your account.

For reference, here’s Sarahah’s privacy policy in full, copied from the app during signup.

Privacy Policy

We understand your fears and concerns regarding the privacy of your data on the internet. We have prepared this policy to help you understand the nature of the data we collect from your when visiting Sarahah and how we use this personal data.


We didn’t design this website to collect your personal data from your computer while browsing this site. But will only use the data you provided with you being aware and your personal desire.


At any time you visit any website on the internet including this website, the hosting server will record your internet protocol (IP) and the date and time of your visit and the type of the browser that you use and the URL of any website which referred you to this site on the web and the website may record it for different purposes.

Network Surveys

The surveys that we conduct on our network allows us to collect specific data like the data collected from your regarding your view and feeling about our website. Your responses are of great concern and an area of appreciation as it helps us to improve our site and you have the full freedom and choice to provide data related to your name and other data.

Links to External Sites

Our website may contain links to other sites in the internet or advertisements from other sites like Google AdSense and we are not considered responsible for the data collection methods of these websites. You can find the confidentiality policies and the content of these websites that can be accessed through any link on this site. We may be assisted by third party advertising companies for the reason of displaying ads when you visit our website. These companies have the right to use information about your visit to this website and other websites (excluding the name, address or email or phone). This is to provide ads about products or services that you care about.

Disclosure of Information

We will always maintain your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal data that we get. We will never disclose the this information unless there is a law requirement or with good intention if we feel that this procedure is required or wanted to meet legal requirements. Or to defend or protect the ownership rights of this website or other parties benefiting from this site.

Required Data to do the necessary procedures from your side

When we need any data from you. We will ask you for your consent. As this data will help us contact you and satisfy your orders whenever possible. We will never sell the data you provide to any third party as part of personal marketing without your prior and written consent unless t was a part of bulk data used for statistics and research and it won’t contain any data to identify you.

When Contacting Us

We will consider all data provided by you confidential. The forms on our network require data that can help us improve our site. We will use data provided by you to answer all of your questions, observations, or orders through this site or other sites belonging to this site.

Disclosure of Information to Third Parties

We will not sell, trade, rent or disclose any information to any third party out of this website or sites out of our network and we will only disclose information when ordered by a legal or organizational entity.

Modification of Data Confidentiality and Privacy Policy

We have the right to modify the items and conditions of data confidentiality and privacy policy if needed and when adequate

Contacting Us

You can contact us using the methods described in the “Contact Us” page


Your concerns and fears regarding data confidentiality and privacy is a highly valuable thing to us. We hope that we will address these concerns by this policy.

News source: yahoo tech,fortune


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