If you are a OnePlus user, you may have something to worry about as it has been discovered that the Chinese company might be collecting user data. A report by security researcher Chris Moore detailed that the Chinese company is transmitting data to a sever, along with each device’s serial number, and other details.
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Moore discovered that OnePlus’ operating system ‘OxygenOS’ records data such as when a user locks or unlocks a screen, what type of apps and when they are used/closed. It also records which Wi-Fi networks the device connects to. This data is normally collected by every smartphone for analytics purposes, however, Moore discovered that OnePlus is also collecting IMEI numbers, phone number and mobile network names. This makes the data identifiable to a specific user which is a direct conflict of privacy. According to Moore, the data collection is part of the OnePlus device manager and OnePlus Device Manager Provider. His findings concluded that these services had transmitted 16MB of data in 10 hours.
OnePlus responded with a statement saying, “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 behaviour. 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.”
Source: Chris DC Moore
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