FTC Says Flashlight App Left Consumers in the Dark

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by ronjor, Dec 5, 2013.

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/ftc-flashlight-app-left-consumers-dark-21111817
     
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    TheWindBringeth Registered Member

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    http://consumerist.com/2013/12/05/m...ell-users-it-was-sharing-their-location-info/
    I also noticed it has a 4/5 star rating based on 318 customer reviews at Amazon, despite more than enough people pointing out it asks for ridiculous permissions, was detected as malware/spyware by various tools, etc.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/ftc-flashlight-app-left-consumers-dark-21111817
    No hefty financial penalty and/or jail term? Such a shame.
     
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  4. siljaline

    siljaline Former Poster

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    Android flashlight app developer settles FTC charges of sharing geolocation data
    http://www.cso.com.au/article/53361...settles_ftc_charges_sharing_geolocation_data/
    Article relates: Are your smartphone apps selling you out?
    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9244615/Are_your_smartphone_apps_selling_you_out_
     
  5. acr1965

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    I often read on this site that, especially for freeware products, if a person does not want to have adware installed to simply decline it on install. Although this app is for smart phones as opposed to desktop PC's I hope people can see that sometimes the end user licensing language can sometimes mean nothing.
     
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