Sharing Your Location… In a Flash

Imagine this: You’re at home one evening when a sudden storm knocks out your power. You reach for that flashlight you keep in the kitchen drawer just for emergencies. You flip the switch, and the flashlight asks for your location. That would be weird, huh?

Blue Smart PhoneWell, that could be exactly what’s happening — on your phone.

Since February 2011, people have downloaded the Brightest Flashlight app to more than 50 million Android devices — making it one of the most popular free apps on the Android marketplace. According to the FTC, most of these users probably didn’t realize that anytime they launched the app, it collected and broadcasted their locations and device IDs to advertising networks and other third parties. 

Goldenshores Technologies, the developer behind the Brightest Flashlight, has agreed to settle FTC charges that the company didn’t adequately disclose what information it collected and shared — not in the app’s user agreement or anywhere else.

If you want to know more about what apps collect and share about you, check out Understanding Mobile Apps.

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Comments

that is good to help us

WOW! YOUR KIDDING ME! OH MY!YOU MEAN THAT OTHERS HAVE BEEN SECRETLY SPYING ON ME AND THEN TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ME! PEOPLE, WHAT WE ALL NEED IN WASHINGTON IS MORE TRANSPARENCY! I HAVE TO ADMIT IT. I REALLY LIKE AND RESPECT PRESIDENT OBAMA!is the l a v THANKING YOU FOR BEING SO TRANSPARENT! I SEE YOU ALSO AGREE! ISNT IT GREAT TO HELP EACH OTHER!hey I like that identification symbol! it was fun to try and figure if it is an ac, ec,and lets see if I am right! good luck!

AH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I like that you were fooled into believing that President Osama and his administration are transparent. Wake up and smell the coffee. They're spying on you more than this app does.

I was about to say the same thing... How could anyone believe that he, of all people, is transparent???

Thank you for the information.

One of if not the most important thing in one's home a flashlight @ This mobile app is a great invention here.

how do we know if the one we have is this one? Are they all like this? The one I have on android is so bright it is better than any flight and has a strobe etc. Would like to know if it is broadcasting. How do I find out. It just says "flashlight"

i never knew that! it is crazy now an days what the technology does

I never knew that thank you for this article

i did not know and i downloaded it

So what is Yahoo's policey for secureing information on the internet. Mainly from the goverment.

Is there something like this for Apple users? I'm wondering, since I have a iPod Touch. Kinda scary.

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