millions of android users \'deceived\' by flashlight app that shares location with advertisers

by:EME LIGHTING     2020-03-16
An Android developer has agreed to work with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
On a free flashlight app that is \"tricked\" users.
The brightest flashlight available for free in the Google Play store has been downloaded more than 50 million times, but a complaint from the FTC shows that this seemingly innocent app transfers \"exact location\" data
In addition to the unique device identifier, there are party advertisers.
The Federal Trade Commission says it has the option to block the location.
Share \"cheat consumers\" because the data is automatically shared before the user disables the data.
\"When consumers get a real, sensible choice, they can decide on their own whether the benefits of a service are worth the information they share to use it,\" said Jessica Ritchie . \", Director of the Federal Trade Commission consumer protection agency.
\"But this flashlight app lets them know nothing about how to use their information.
\"The FTC\'s settlement forces application developer GoldenShores Technologies to provide more control over location sharing than to distort how data is used and shared.
Goldenshors Technologies must also delete all data previously collected as part of the FTC settlement.
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