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SwiftKey update fixes privacy-threatening account error

Following the frantic deactivation of account syncing after some users accidentally gained access to other users' data, SwiftKey has fixed the issue.

Published onAugust 8, 2016

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Last month, SwiftKey rolled out an update that disabled account syncing. It seems that there was a bug in the previous update that led to a number of eyebrow-raising mixups. The predictive keyboard synced up with incorrect accounts, meaning some users were prompted with autocomplete suggestions drawn from strangers’ typing habits. This led to some users uncovering personal information like email addresses or contact information.

By all accounts, SwiftKey jumped on this problem quickly, disabling account sync entirely before harm could be done. Swiftkey says that this particular problem only affected a few users, but the concern was great enough that the team decided to shut down account syncing across the board rather than risk a large kerfuffle.

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Now it looks like the developers have isolated the root of this issue and pulled it out. The latest update to the keyboard returns account sync, so soon you’ll be able to type away with predictive force on all of your logged-in devices.

The rollout only just began, so it might not be ready for your device just yet. You can check and see by tapping the button below to snag SwiftKey from the Google Play Store. Give it a spin and let us know in the comments if account sync is back on your device!

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