FTC: App secretly tracked location

  • Blog Post by: Alejandra Matos
  • December 9, 2013 - 5:38 PM

If you turned on Android’s “Brightest Flashlight” app, your location information may have been shared with third-party advertisers.

The Federal Trade Commission said last week that an Idaho company, Goldenshores Technologies, LLC, and its manager Erik Geidl did not tell consumers it was sharing their geolocation data. The app was downloaded “tens of millions of times,” according to the FTC.

The FTC said the company “deceived consumers by presenting them with an option to not share their information, even though it was shared automatically rendering the option meaningless.”

The company reached a settlement with the FTC last week where it agreed to delete all the data collected and tell consumers how their data will be used.

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