etvfutures.com
etvfutures.com October 17, 2017


OnePlus reportedly collecting lots of data on its users without telling them

11 October 2017, 01:50 | Lucia Cruz

OnePlus OxygenOS phone data tracking raises privacy concerns

OnePlus OxygenOS phone data tracking raises privacy concerns

The report comes after an investigation by Christopher Moore, a security blogger in the United Kingdom, said that his OnePlus 2 was transmitting data to OnePlus.

This data includes things like when the device's screen is turned off and on alongside timestamps, a phone's serial number, IMEI, phone number, MAC addresses, IMSI prefixes, the mobile networks it uses, a WiFi network's ESSID and BSSID, which apps are opened and how long they're used.

The increasing penetration of smartphone has its own side effects, and stealing users' personal data is one of the most crucial ones amongst all. These companies do not collect user data without the consent of the user. While the answer is not clear, a software has accused OnePlus of collecting too much user data, including details that can identify users.

Logging unexpected reboots would make sense (it could help developers fix OS bugs), but as Moore noted in his blog, recording every time the phone is unlocked or locked seemed excessive.

AT Bancorp Buys New Position in Bank of America Corporation (BAC)
Over the last three months, the shares of the company have changed 5.08% and performed 12.29% over the last six months. Strategic Advsr Ltd Com accumulated 59,817 shares or 0.66% of the stock. 15,092 were accumulated by Jones Lllp.


OnePlus later told Android Police that it securely transmits analytics over HTTPS to an Amazon server in 2 streams. The representative didn't provide an explanation as to why OnePlus didn't simply have users opt-in for this instead of having it covertly happening in the background. "The first stream is usage analytics, which we collect in order for us to more precisely fine-tune our software according to user behaviour", the firm said. In a time where user information and security of sensitive information is becoming more important, a transparent and comprehensive understanding of what information is being collected and for what objective (as well as the option to completely opt out of such collection) would be greatly appreciated in any situation. "What's also worrying is that the company didn't even address the implication on users" privacy. The company also mention that users can also switch off data transmission activity by navigating to "Settings" - "Advanced" - "Join user experience program".

The code that's responsible for collecting users' private data is part of the OnePlus Device Manager and OnePlus Device Manager Provider.

Well, OnePlus has been allegedly found guilty of breaking the customers' trust. Thankfully, Twitter user Jakub Czekanski, tweeted that the data transmission can be disabled permanently using ADB tool with USB debugging enabled on the device. But, notes the company, this is to understand the problems that the users are facing and solve them in the forthcoming update. Recently some Chinese phone makers were in news after it was found that they were collecting user data.



Other News

Trending Now

Britain is 'preparing a battle plan for war with North Korea'
Trump has increased his rhetoric about North Korea and its nuclear capabilities since taking office, often via Twitter. The Ministry of defense of South Korea has so far refused to comment on these reports .

SC's cracker ban: Chetan Bhagat asks why bans targeting only Hindu festivals
An order has been passed by the apex court which bans the use and sale of Diwali crackers till October 31 in Delhi and NCR. Therefore it also ordered that a relevant agency compute the impact of a noise-and smoke-free festival this year.

Eminem blasts Trump in four-minute freestyle rap at BET Awards
Here, Eminem criticizes those who have been tepid when it comes to expressing their opposition to the President. The video was made for yesterday's (Oct. 10) BET Hip Hop Awards .

Junkenstein's Revenge is back for Overwatch's 2017 Halloween Terror event
Players will have three weeks to collect the new legendary skins and to play their hearts out on Junkensetin's Revenge. These skins will be included in Halloween Terror Loot Boxed, along with avatars, sprays, voice lines, and more.

Gunmen kill university staff in ambush of convoy
About it reports Reuters, citing law enforcement officials and witnesses. Riot police watched as the incident unfolded, the witness said.

Hot Performer of the day: Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA)
The most recent open market insider trade was Automatic Sell of 2,190 shares on a day where the closing price was 340.85. Tesla Motors, Inc . shares increased 4.63 percent over the past week and rose 1.79 percent over the previous month.

Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) Coverage Initiated at Vertical Group
Finally, Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC raised its position in Wells Fargo & by 0.3% during the second quarter. Clearbridge Invs Limited Co has 10,160 shares. 267,767 were accumulated by Stewart And Patten Ltd Liability Com.

Kerala government soft on terror, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
It must be noted that earlier, the Kerala government had said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections. Shafeen Jahan married Akhila Ashokan in December past year after she converted to Islam and rechristened herself as Hadiya.

Texas Tech student charged with capital murder in cop's shooting death
Greg Abbott issued a statement about the shooting late Monday, saying "hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed". University officials say East had gone to Daniels' room for a welfare check and found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Avoiding Lice, Scabies While Out Hunting for Your Halloween Costume
She also recommends cleaning clothing and bedding and restricting head-to-head contact until the lice are gone. Of all the creepy crawlers around during Halloween, there's one you probably haven't thought of - head lice.