The maker of a popular Android mobile app that turns your phone into a flashlight has agreed to settle charges of deceiving customers with the Federal Trade Commission.
According to the FTC, the “Brightest Flashlight Free” app would take note of a phone’s location and the code that uniquely identifies every device on the market. The company would automatically pass that information to marketers, even though its privacy policies said it wouldn’t, and even when consumers rejected the app’s terms of service.
The developer is Goldenshores Technologies LLC. The company won’t pay any financial restitution as part of the settlement. But it has agreed to change its privacy policies, including notifying consumers before it collects information.