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Starbucks Mobile App Update Protects Users Information Amid Recent Research Report

Jan 18, 2014 12:12 PM EST | By Justin Stock
starbucks, tech, hack, app, mobile, Password, usernames

Starbuck's new iOS update protects users usernames, e-mail addresses, and passwords the company said in an updated post on its blog Thursday.

"As promised, we have released an updated version of Starbucks Mobile App for iOS which adds extra layers of protection. We encourage customers to download the update as an additional safeguard measure," Curt Garner, chief information officer at Starbucks said in an initial post earlier in the day when the issue first arose.

"We'd like to be clear: there is no indication that any customer has been impacted by this or that any information has been compromised," Garner said in the post. "Regardless, we take these types of concerns seriously and have added several safeguards to protect the information you share with us," Garner said in the post. "To protect the integrity of these added measures, we are unable to share technical details but can assure you that they sufficiently address the concerns raised in the research report," Garner said in the post.

Consumers can elect to not have their password stored in the app, which requires them to enter their username and password when they use the app Computer World reported.

Daniel Wood, a security researcher found the information's ease of access, and reached out to Starbucks in November Computer World reported.
Wood put his findings in print after he kept getting sent to the company's customer service department Computer World reported.

"The application is storing the users' information -- everything from your full name to your address to your username and password as well as your email address," Wood told CNN Money earlier this week.

Starbucks App for Android smartphone devices do not have the issue CNN Money reported. 

Starbucks launched 1,000 limited metal gift cards for the 2013 holiday shopping season a company press release reported.

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