Privacy specialists at Farrer & Co have publicly issued guidance that warns that hackers and criminals can exploit flaws within Houseparty’s systems to access highly sensitive data. Farrer associate Thomas Rudkin told MailOnline that users should consider using end-to-end encrypted platforms, like FaceTime and WhatsApp.

“With video conferencing apps, there are also always concerns about how hackers and criminals might exploit them,” said Mr Rudkin. “While Houseparty has extensive restrictions on who can join chats, risks may arise due to people making contacts on Facebook and then being asked to connect with them on Houseparty.

“Houseparty – like many US tech platforms – has extensive data collection rights in its privacy policy, to include ‘information submitted via the services’.”

For those who don’t know, Houseparty – which is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, macOS, and Google Chrome – is a video chat application that lets you drop-in and drop-out of video chats with friends. The app was originally imagined for University students to keep open throughout the day, with people dropping in for chats every so often whenever they wanted to talk.

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