OnePlus Collecting User Data Without Permission?


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A UK based tech enthusiast and blogger, Chris Moore, is reporting that OnePlus are collecting user data without user knowledge.

In this day and age, we’re constantly told to be more careful with our user data, and manufacturers are going some way to help with that. New security features such as fingerprint scanners, and face detection can help keep your phone and files from falling into the wrong hands, but it’s a little more difficult to prevent your manufacturer getting its hands on your data if it wants.

If a phone maker wanted to it could (although, probably would be in legal hot water) keep a copy of your fingerprint on file, and more modern phones could even save face recognition data.

It’s not uncommon to hear that a smartphone maker is collecting your data, but until this week OnePlus hadn’t been accused of such.

According to Chris Moore, OnePlus devices are logging information from phones that are then sent to a OnePlus server at “open.oneplus.net”. The data that OnePlus devices are transmitting include:

  • Reboot timestamps
  • Charging timestamps
  • Screen on/off timestamps
  • Device firmware details
  • Device serial number
  • Device IMEI
  • MAC address
  • App processes and accompanying timestamps

OnePlus phones don’t ask for permissions to transmit this data which is cause for concern for those users who want to restrict what personal data is sent and where.

For those of you who want to learn more about this matter and also find a way to disable the transmission head on over to Chrisdcmoore.co.uk for full details.

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