Flashlight Phone App Lied About Sharing Data

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  1. HardOCP News

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    If any of you guys use this flashlight app, you might want to read this article. :eek:

     
  2. MasonD

    MasonD [H]ard|Gawd

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    Shit like this is why I now block every single installed app on my phone with 'Privacy Guard' (which supposedly blocks access to all personal data) on Cyanogenmod. I'm not sure how good it actually works but it makes me feel a little better. :)

    Fuck these scum bag data thieves.
    Fuck the NSA too while I'm at it.
     
  3. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    So when installed, does it not have to have for permission to location data?
     
  4. bucketlist

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    LOL, every app that see that doesn't need a connection gets blocked on my phone.:D
     
  5. Steelgrave

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    It does now (just tried it), I don't believe it used too though.
     
  6. Wolf-R1

    Wolf-R1 [H]ard|Gawd

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    That was my thought...don't you have to view the permissions before installing? How is THAT "secret"?
     
  7. Void

    Void [H]ard to Tame

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    Deception. They did not state that they would be sharing your info with others.
     
  8. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    Thanks. But if one had opted out of the app gathering location data then it shouldn't have mattered one way of the other correct? I would be suspicious of a flashlight app asking for location data.
     
  9. Void

    Void [H]ard to Tame

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    I agree with ya, but they were gathering and sending data before you could opt out also.
     
  10. Wildace

    Wildace [H]ardness Supreme

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    i read the title as fleshlight :(
     
  11. SonDa5

    SonDa5 [H]ardness Supreme

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    I see this type of permission to data... To video camera usage etc in many market apps. EULA on these type of free apps show that developer just want you to get an interesting free app so that they can see your data, look through your camera and listen through your microphone.
     
  12. xX326Xx

    xX326Xx Limp Gawd

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    That would make an interesting read for sure.. heh
     
  13. CreepyUncleGoogle

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    It's an Android app...what did people really expect? If they don't want software that monitors what they're doing, they're going to have to grab a 100 MHz Pentium and a Win95 box with no connection to the Intertubes.
     
  14. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    Why are app stores like the Wild West? I mean, look at the Windows app store. Who the fuck makes this trash? Design, functionality... all beyond piss-poor.
     
  15. Neslepax

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    I am sure this is not the only app that does this. Even if it asked you for permission first, I am sure that a majority of those 50-100 million users would have blindly allowed it to.