Recently there has been in the news that OnePlus is collecting their user data without their permission. They were collecting IMEI Numbers, Phone numbers, Mobile network names and much more data. It has also involved in manipulating benchmark scores with it’s headsets to be a good. It seems Oneplus will have to face new hiccup as their developer/software engineer has allegedly found that OnePlus has been collecting user data from their owners without informing the users.
According to 91mobiles, Christopher Moorethe who is engineer has claimed that his OnePlus 2 device was sending information like screen on/off, Unlocks, unusual reboots etc.When you think those data are not much about privacy of any users, that engineer has also found that this is not the end. On Deeper investigation he has found that OnePlus was collecting MAC Address, mobile network names, IMSI prefixes, Phone numbers etc. Along with those information, they are also collecting WiFi ESSID and BSSID, phone’s serial number and much more.
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The Company was allegedly found that it has also been collecting users from android apps too, so it was keep transmeeting user information for app usage with time-stamp on the top.
According to AndroidPolice, They have reached out OnePlus about the issue and they gave them following statement about the issue.
“We securely transmit analytics in two different streams over HTTPS to an Amazon server. The first stream is usage analytics, which we collect in order for us to more precisely fine tune our software according to user behavior. This transmission of usage activity can be turned off by navigating to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Advanced’ -> ‘Join user experience program’. The second stream is device information, which we collect to provide better after-sales support.“
A User on Twitter suggested a way to permanently disable OnePLus device manager using ADB by running following commands.
@chrisdcmoore I've read your article about OnePlus Analytics. Actually, you can disable it permanently: pm uninstall -k –user 0 pkg
— Jakub Czekański (@JaCzekanski) October 10, 2017
pm uninstall -k –user 0 net.oneplus.odm
Since the issue occurred on OnePLus 2 device, AndroidPolice believed that OnePlus might be collecting user data on all of their devices. Considering that this is serious privacy issue for user, let’s see what company gives their official statement on this issue on upcoming days. Stay tuned to theandroidportal for more news related to android smartphones and gadgets.