|F.T.C.: Android App Developer Deceived Users Over Data Collection and Sharing|
| 3:26 pm on Dec 6, 2013 (gmt 0)|
|The creator of one of the most popular apps for Android mobile devices has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the free app, which allows a device to be used as a flashlight, deceived consumers about how their geolocation information would be shared with advertising networks and other third parties. |
“When consumers are given a real, informed choice, they can decide for themselves whether the benefit of a service is worth the information they must share to use it,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “But this flashlight app left them in the dark about how their information was going to be used.”
| 4:23 am on Dec 9, 2013 (gmt 0)|
I had MalwareBytes inform me that a camera app on one of my devices was doing something similar. Sometimes it's hard to know what permissions you should allow an app to access. Often we simply agree to the terms without really looking at what is potentially being sacrificed.