At the end of February the application GetContact became popular in Russia – users of social networks began to publish screenshots from it massively. One of the functions allows you to see how someone’s number is recorded in the phone books of different people, but for this the application needs to access all the contacts. Because of this, there were doubts about the safety of its use.
What is GetContact
The goal of the GetContact application is to specify the name of the caller, if it is not in the phone book. This is done to identify unknown numbers and protect against spam. To do this, the application must copy the phone number of the caller, after which it will show his name and, probably, a photo. GetContact collects a database of numbers so that any incoming call can be recognized from the first time.
The author of the application is Getcontact LLP, which Turkish citizens established in the UK in November 2017. According to the developer, they work in 148 countries.
The app is available on iOS and Android . According to the meter on the site, it has already been installed by more than two million people. As noted by , the application for the first time topped the rating of the Russian AppStore in the section “utilities” on February 8, 2018. On February 26, it took the first place among the most downloaded free applications.
The application had time to blame for the destruction of families: it is alleged that the user from Azerbaijan figured out the betrayal of her husband when she learned that he was recorded by someone under a woman’s name.
In PlayMarket there are many complaints about the inefficiency of the application. Users could not find many numbers, claimed to collect personal data and sent complaints to the application. Those who have already installed GetContact have encouraged others to immediately remove it or not install at all.