Tens of millions of Android users have been ‘deceived’ by a developer who covertly gathered personal data, the US Federal Trade Commission is quoted by BBC News as saying. GoldenShores Technologies took ID and location data from the millions using its Brightest Flashlight app.
The developer shared the data with ad networks but failed to tell users about this use of their data. The app was logging the users precise location and their unique phone identification in order to pass onto advertisers.
Although the free app offered people an opt-out clause, the FTC said this was “meaningless” because data from all users of the Brightest Flashlight app was shared whether they agreed or not.