Houseparty is a video call app that allows people to join calls of up to 8 people at a time, and has built-in games and integration with Snapchat. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
Reports appeared in March of 2020 that Houseparty was breached, allowing hackers to use user data to access their accounts on other apps such as Spotify and Netflix. However, owner Epic Games has denied the reports.
Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?
Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?
Does it have parental controls?
Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?
Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?
Does it require you to create a strong password?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
How Can It Snoop?
Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?
Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?
Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?
Does it require an email address to use?
Does it require a phone number to use?
Does it require an address (home or office) to use?
Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?
Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?
Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?
Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?
What Could Go Wrong?
How Does It Share Your Data?
Houseparty uses tracking tools and collects data through social media, third-party apps, and more. It then shares data with third parties and uses your data to target you for marketing purposes.
- Easy to use.
- Allows 8 users in a call at once.
- Supports all platforms.
- Privacy concerns and bug bounty program.
- Underdeveloped games.
- No notification when chat is being recorded.
Privacy appears to be virtually nonexistent in this app, as Epic Games claims it collects data about you through linked social media and third party apps, and then shares this data with other third parties to target you with ads. It is believed that Houseparty was the target of a hack in 2020, which was never confirmed, but given Epic's track record for privacy, it is very likely that it occurred and was covered up. This app should be avoided at all costs.