Pray.com

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Pray.com

Pray.com
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Überprüft am: 20. April 2022

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Abstimmungsergebnis: Extrem unheimlich

Research shows prayer has modest mental health benefits. Pray.com, which bills itself as the "#1 app for Christians," aims to help users "develop a daily habit with Jesus." For $7.99 a month, users get access to things like custom daily prayers, bedtime Bible stories, James Earl Jones reading the Bible, and daily meditations. Unfortunately, it seems users have to give up a good bit of their privacy when they start their daily prayer journey on Pray.com. We won't mince words -- Pray.com has shown absolutely terrible privacy and security practices. We're not sure that has any mental health benefits.

Was könnte passieren, wenn etwas schiefgeht?

If you use Pray.com, you'd better pray for your privacy. Because Pray.com is absolutely awful when it comes to their users' privacy and security. They collect a ton of personal, app usage, and location information. They say they can buy data from third parties like data brokers to add to the data profile they build on you -- information like gender, age, religious affiliation, ethnicity, marital status, household size and income, political party. Pray.com then says they can use all this data to target you with ads, share with third parties to target you with ads, and share with other "faith-based organizations" so they can target you too.

There's more! They say they can publish your name, voice, and likeness and other personal information for advertising, marketing, publicity and promotional activities, as well as for any other commercial purpose. If you give them your phone number, they say you've now given them express written consent to receive promotional, marketing, and/or informational text messages and/or phone calls from us and other faith-based organization.

We don't mean to be, well, mean, but Pray.com really feels like it might be a data harvesting business targeting Christians for purposes that go way way way beyond helping them on their prayer journey. It seems they aim to collect as much data on you as they can, share that data with many, many third parties to market more products, target more ads, and make money with your personal information as a business asset. It all feels kinda icky to us.

And if anyone can explain to us why the app needs access to your phone's flashlight, well, we'd love to be shown the light.

What could happen if something goes wrong? Well, back in 2020 Threat Post reported Pray.com leaked the personal information of nearly 10 million users. Personal information like name, church-donation information, photos, and users’ contact lists. To make matters worse, ThreatPost found that Pray.com didn't secure their users' leaked personal information even after they were made aware of the problem. "The database was discovered on Oct. 6, but it wasn’t made private despite multiple attempts to contact Pray.com about the problem, according to vpnMentor. After the researchers contacted Amazon directly, the contact files were removed from the open bucket on Nov. 17." This is so, so, so bad.

Pray.com absolutely comes with *Privacy Not Included. Please be very careful if you chose to use this app. We don't recommend you do.

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Kann es mich ausspionieren? Information

Kamera

Gerät: Nicht verfügbar

App: Ja

Mikrofon

Gerät: Nicht verfügbar

App: Ja

Verfolgt den Standort

Gerät: Nicht verfügbar

App: Ja

Was kann zur Registrierung verwendet werden?

Welche Daten sammelt das Unternehmen?

Wie nutzt das Unternehmen die Daten?

Pray does not “sell” Personal Information about you to third parties and have not done so in the past 12 months. However, they share certain such Personal Information with the third parties.

Pray shares your location with third-parties as part of the location-based services they offer and for other commercial purposes. This location data is collected in a form that personally identifies you and will be used by Pray.com and their partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services or for other commercial purposes. They share your location information with the following third-parties: Google Analytics, Braze, Chartio, Mixpanel, Amplitude, Tableau, and Twilio.

Pray will, from time to time, supplement the information they collect directly from you with outside records from third-parties such as data analytics providers and data brokers for various purposes, including to enhance their ability to serve you, to tailor content to you and to offer you opportunities that may be of interest to you. These records may include information such as your gender, age, religious affiliation, ethnicity, marital status, household size and income, political party affiliation and interests, geographic location, and Personal Information.

If you are an Individual User, you acknowledge that by providing your telephone number(s) to Pray, you are providing Pray with your express written consent to receive promotional, marketing, and/or informational text messages and/or phone calls from us and/or FBO Users.

For non-EU and non-UK users, Pray share your Personal Information, Demographic Information, Business Information, Usage Information, and/or Device Identifiers with third-parties for other commercial purposes. For EU and UK users, Device Identifiers, along with data related to you and your activities, can be shared with advertising, sale and marketing tools.

Pray.com use Tracking Technologies to deliver content, including ads relevant to your interests on the Service and third-party services based on how you interact with their advertisements and/or content. This includes using Tracking Technologies to understand the usefulness to you of the content and ads that have been delivered to you.

Wie können Sie Ihre Daten kontrollieren?

Pray will retain your information for as long as we are required in order to provide the Service to you, as required to fulfill our legal requirements and defend legal claims. After you have terminated your use of our services, they store your information in an aggregated and anonymized format.

The rights to access or to erase data are unclear for residents outside of the EU, UK, and California.

Wie ist das Unternehmen in der Vergangenheit mit den Daten über seine Verbraucher umgegangen?

Mangelhaft

In 2020, Pray.com exposed millions of user records. A hacker could have compromised personal information on as many as 10 million people. It was reported Pray.com did not immediately fix the problem once they were made aware.

Informationen zum Datenschutz bei Kindern

Pray does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children under the age of sixteen (16) or knowingly allow such persons to sign-up for the Service. Pray and its Service are not directed at children under the age of sixteen (16). If you are a child under sixteen (16) years of age, you are not permitted to use the Service and should not send any information about yourself through the Service. In the event Pray becomes aware that they have collected personal information from any child under the age of sixteen (16), they will dispose of that information as quickly as possible.

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Benutzerfreundliche Informationen zum Datenschutz?

Nein

Links zu Datenschutzinformationen

Erfüllt dieses Produkt unsere Mindestsicherheitsstandards? Information

Unbekannt

Verschlüsselung

Nicht zu bestimmen

Sicheres Passwort

Nicht verfügbar

Email verification is required.

Sicherheits-Updates

Ja

Umgang mit Schwachstellen

Nicht zu bestimmen

Datenschutzrichtlinie

Ja

Verwendet das Produkt KI? Information

Nein


Nachrichten

Nothing Sacred: These Apps Reserve The Right To Sell Your Prayers
BuzzFeed News
Prominent venture capitalists are flocking to invest in Christian worship apps. The apps say users’ prayers are a business asset.
Good Heavens! 10M Impacted in Pray.com Data Exposure
Threatpost
The Christian faith app Pray.com has leaked private data for up to 10 million people, according to researchers.
Christian Faith App Pray.com Leaks Personal Details of Up to 10M Users
PCMag
Up to 10 million users of the Christian faith app Pray.com have had their personal details publicly exposed due to a failure by developers to secure the cloud databases storing their information. As Threatpost reports, the security failure was discovered by vpnMentor, which found cloud databases stored on Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers that were "completely unsecured and unencrypted." The data stored in these databases included full names, phone numbers, home addresses, martial status, email addresses, profile images, and "much more" for users of the app across the US. There was also a detailed list of donations made by each individual, giving cybercriminals an opportunity to contact people pretending to be from Pray.com and knowing the specific amounts they had donated and when.
Faith App Pray.com Exposes Millions Through Cloud Misconfig
Infosecurity
A popular Christian faith app has unwittingly exposed the personal data of up to 10 million users dating back several years, after misconfiguring its cloud infrastructure, researchers have warned. Santa Monica-headquartered Pray.com claims to be the “#1 App for daily prayer and biblical audio content” and has been downloaded over a million times from the Play Store. Researchers at vpnMentor discovered four misconfigured AWS S3 buckets belonging to the company
Mark of the Beast: Facebook buys people's prayers to personalize their ads
Input
Some of the biggest and most popular prayer apps routinely sell users’ data to third-party attribution vendors in order to hone religious consumer profiles and thus boost advertising efficacy, according to a new deep-dive courtesy of BuzzFeed News. Companies like Pray.com, Hallow, Bible Gateway, and Glorify all bury the disconcerting caveats within their tortuous Terms & Conditions fine print, which often goes ignored or overlooked by users who seek out these apps for incredibly personal reasons.
The Prayers of Big Data
First Things
These days it’s hard to surprise anybody with revelations about our compromised privacy in the Internet age. Nonetheless, I was still taken aback by a recent BuzzFeed investigation into the data harvesting practices of some of the Internet’s biggest prayer and spirituality apps. It turns out that not even companies that invite users to share their deepest pains and needs with prayerful friends can resist the temptation to turn these pains and needs into profit.

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