The creator of a popular flashlight app for Android phones hid the fact that the app also shared the precise locations of its users to advertisers, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday.
The Federal Trade Commission took a dim view of one of the most popular mobile apps after discovering the Brightest Flashlight Free app deceived consumers by sharing their location information without their knowledge.
Goldenshores Technologies, makers of the flashlight app for Android, settled with the FTC over charges it shared users’ precise location and unique device identifier with third parties and ad networks, even after consumers opted not to share their information.
Since February 2011, the app has been downloaded to more than 50 million Android phones.
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