6 Dec 2013

Rogue flashlight app shines a light on the importance of Android app permissions

Author: sweastedrut | Filed under: About

Here’s just the latest verse in the ongoing ditty dubbed “No, seriously, check those Android app permissions .” On Thursday, the FTC announced that it has reached a settlement with Goldenshores Technologies, LLC, the developer of the super-popular ” Brightest Flashlight Free ” app—an app that has been sharing Android users’ unique device IDs and precise physical location with advertisers. Now, as shady as that is by its lonesome, it’s not illegal, and it’s par for the course with many of the free apps clogging up the Play Store halls. But the FTC says the app’s privacy policy didn’t clearly spell out what data was being shared, and more egregiously, the opt-out clause Goldenshores included didn’t really stop the flow of information

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Rogue flashlight app shines a light on the importance of Android app permissions

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