Android Flashlight app ‘decieves’ millions by collecting data


Tens of millions of Android users have been “deceived” by a developer who secretly gathered personal data to share with ad networks, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have said.

The apps developer, GoldenShores Technologies took ID and location data from the millions of users who were using their Brightest Flashlight application. The developer then shared the data with advertising networks but did not inform the users about doing so.

In a statement, the FTC criticized the company for their poor privacy policy which did not let people know that the app was logging their location and unique identifier. In order to settle the charges against them, GoldenShores agreed to give users more control over what happens to their data.

“When consumers are given a real, informed choice, they can decide for themselves whether the benefit of a service is worth the information they must share to use it,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC bureau of consumer protection, in a statement.

“But this Flashlight app left them in the dark about how their information was going to be used,” she added.

Source – BBC

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