This Popular Flashlight App Has Been Secretly Sharing Your Location And Device ID

The Android app Brightest Flashlight has been installed between 50 million and 100 million times, averaging a 4.8 rating from more than 1 million reviews. Yet its customers might not be so happy to learn the app has been secretly recording and sharing their location and device ID information.

On Thursday, the app maker GoldenShores Technologies settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived users and is thus prohibited from further \”misrepresenting how consumers’ information is collected and shared and how much control consumers have over the way their information is used.\”

GoldenShore\’s privacy policy had mentioned that information collected would be used by the company, but the FTC said location and device information was shared automatically with advertisers and other third parties–even when users opted out. In fact, before they could accept or refuse the app\’s terms of agreement, the FTC said Brightest Flashlight was already collecting and sending information.

via This Popular Flashlight App Has Been Secretly Sharing Your Location And Device ID | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

1 thought on “This Popular Flashlight App Has Been Secretly Sharing Your Location And Device ID

  1. There is a certain risk involved with Android applications, which may not be apparent to all users. For those that do or have known about the unprofessional setting of the Android market, they should not be entirely surprised. The sheer fact that it was a flashlight application giving away users’ locations and device IDs appears to be the most shocking information. People who were not aware that the Android application market is not entirely secure and trustworthy would certainly be taken aback by this truth.

    Is this okay?
    There is nothing going on here that has not gone on with the NSA leak-issues. The only difference with the overlying facts is that the government is not directly behind this predicament. No, this is not okay, but any application can be placed on the Android market — the users assume risks when they download their apps.

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