Security researchers from Adguard have discovered that Go keyboard could be spying on you. The researchers said that two variants of the Go Keyboard are transferring data (such as Google email account, screen size, Android version, build, device model and other data) to remote servers and performing unapproved code on users devices.
GO Keyboard is a wildly popular custom keyboard app for the Android OS, it’s available on the official Google Play Store, it was developed by the Chinese GOMO Dev Team
The researchers decided to investigate keyboards’ traffic consumption, undesired behavior and demonstration of ads, and what users’ private information they send to their servers and third-parties.
According to adguard:
“Our recent research discovered a popular Android keyboard to spy on its users, with tons of personal information being sent to remote servers and using a prohibited technique to download dangerous executable code.
Without explicit user consent, the GO keyboard reports to its servers your Google account email in addition to language, IMSI, location, network type, screen size, Android version and build, device model, etc.”
Google has been notified with the research, users are recommended to uninstall any GO Keyboard app that might have downloaded on their Android devices.