Samsung phones are sending photos to random contacts without permission

Gizmodo first reported that on complaints on Reddit and Samsung's hosted forums that images stored on at least a few models of Samsung smartphones had been sent randomly and without warning to people in users' contact lists.

That's because posters to Reddit and the Samsung forums say Samsung Messages is malfunctioning. What's clear is that the bug is not device-specific or network-specific, with speculation regarding the cause of the bug revolving around recent Samsung Messages updates. So for Samsung Galaxy users, this means that the best way to now get around the bug is to avoid Samsung Messages entirely or revoke its permission to access your photo gallery.

The issue also appears to be affecting some text messages. What's even worse is that the app reportedly leaves no evidence of photos being sent, which means users won't know when their phone may have unwittingly sent sensitive photos to a friend or co-worker until some time has passed. Errors included scheduled text messages ending up in the wrong threads.

Users theorize the issue has something to do with the recent Rich Communication Services (RCS) update, which rolled out on American mobile carriers like T-Mobile. These features include improved media sharing, read receipts and typing indicators. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG".

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Samsung and T-Mobile didn't immediately reply to CNET's requests for comment. T-Mobile, on the other hand, insisted it was not an issue from their end.

There are now two fixes if you are anxious about the issue affecting your device.

This can be done by going to Settings - Apps - Samsung Messages - Permissions - Storage.

A spokeswoman for Samsung Australia confirmed the company was investigating the problem but had yet to verify if it was a bug and whether Australians could be affected.

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