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HTC Android phones leak personal data to any app with Internet permissions

Oct 03, 2011, 13:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Humphries)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Tell HTC is meant to be software that collects anonymous information about how you use your phone. It is included as an app called HtcLogger.apk, and sits there collecting a lot of data about you and your phone usage. This information includes user accounts, network connection details, last GPS location, phone numbers used, SMS data, system logs, what's in memory, running processes, installed apps, battery details, and a heck of a lot more. A typical log for HtcLogger.apk can be over 3MB in size, all of which is text, highlighting just how much detail it can contain.

"If this data was only accessible to HTC alone, then there would still be some limited concern, however, you can turn it off as this is an option given to you (see video below). The problem is, Android Police discovered this information is collected regardless of your preferences and is accessible by any app with the right permissions."

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