December 9, 2013
That Flashlight on Your Phone Was Watching You
A federal agency on Thursday rebuked the maker of an Android flashlight app that was downloaded by up to 100 million people for secretly tracking user locations and selling the data. TIME Techland reports.
In its first-ever enforcement action on location-tracking technology, the Federal Trade Commission found that Brightest Flashlight Free not only duped users by saying their location data would not be shared with third parties, but it offered users a fake option to refuse tracking, then tracked user location anyway.
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