Discussion Is your Flashlight App spying on you??

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  1. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    "Brightest Flashlight is a free Android app that's immensely popular. There are several apps like this, but the basic idea is Brightest Flashlight takes the flash that's built into your cellphone and makes it stay on like a flashlight.

    But the Federal Trade Commission reports the app was capturing info on you. It would report your location and unique device identifier to advertisers and marketing networks. Even when you took the option *not* to share your info, the FTC says they were doing it anyway.

    Now the developers of the flashlight app have settled with the FTC over spying. They will have to clearly disclose all the spying that goes on when you use their app, plus they'll be required to delete any previously collected info on users."


    Read it here -

    Flashlight app settles with FTC over spying | www.clarkhoward.com
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    I saw it in the permissions too.. It was freaky.

    I've mostly relied on custom ROM apps so never used one from the market and it was strange for it to have all those permissions.

    Normally users don't bother to check permission for such tiny simple apps.

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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    So the torch app is spying on me?
    ?#@*&%!^$~s.
     
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    idutt RAID Rookie

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    does it also include windows phones irrespective of the make where a person's private information could be captured by the cellphone application ? coz this is very disturbing
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    I dont quite understand ..

    Users installed this app on their phone willingly but in the background it was collecting their data and sending it back to its servers.
     
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    idutt RAID Rookie

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    i have a nokia lumia 820.i installed the an app called flashlight xt.is there a minute possibility that this app is secretly transmitting my private information to an unknown server ?
     
  7. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    No your collection of perv pron is safe with you.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    I am not aware of the permission system of of Windows Phone but in such a case there are dozens of other apps which can record your data and transmit if without your knowledge.

    With the Android Flashlight it was case of mal-intention and lapse in user precautions..
     
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    perv pron ???
     
  10. BANHAMMER

    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    perverted ?#@*&%!^$~, geez don't they teach anything to these kids in school these days?
     
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