OnePlus Accused of Stealing User Data including IMEI numbers, mobile network names and More

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Stealing User DataAnother company got accused of stealing user’s data. We know that it’s important for companies like Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google to procure users data for software developmental purposes. However, when the smartphone makers are suspected of storing vast amounts of user data from their mobile phone users, things don’t seem veracious.

A recent report on Christopher Moore’s blog suggests that OnePlus is collecting sensitive private data like IMEI numbers, mobile network names and IMSI prefixes, MAC addresses, and more of the smartphone users. Moore discovered that his OnePlus 2 smartphone was sending data to a HTTPS domain, which was transmitted to Amazon Web Services that belongs to OnePlus (open.oneplus.net domain).

After which OnePlus replied to Android Authority in a statement that, “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 user 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.”

Well we all know that this is not the first time that OnePlus is accused of something. The company was also found guilty of rigging the benchmark scores for its latest smartphone OnePlus 5 earlier this year. And in a recent report XDA developers have claimed that the company is again manipulating benchmark results on the OnePlus 5. The report from XDA developers says, “Every single review of the OnePlus 5 that contains a benchmark is using misleading results, as OnePlus provided reviewers with a device that cheats on benchmarks.” Further, they have also claimed that this time the cheating mechanism is “blatant and aimed at maximising the device’s performance.”a

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Bikram Singh Negi

Bikram Singh Negi

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