December 9, 2013

That Flashlight on Your Phone Was Watching You

Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 8.43.53 AM.png 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.

quotemarksright.jpgIn 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.

The FTC’s settlement with app-maker Goldenshores Technologies requires the company to rewrite its privacy policy, fully disclosing that it shares location data with third parties, and to delete personal information collected about users so far.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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