Verizon to install data collecting app on its Android phones2017-04-03 00:42 by Daniela
Verizon has launched a new app for Android phones called AppFlash. The app will be pre-installed on devices sold by the carrier. It's supposed to find content such as restaurant reviews and movie listing from different apps - even if you haven't downloaded them.
However, the new app quickly raised privacy concerns. It was called "spyware" by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which claims that the app will collect information like your phone number, device type and "identifiers," operating system and the apps you've accumulated.
"That data could be shared within the Verizon family of companies, including its AOL advertising unit, as well as in "other places, including non-Verizon sites, services and devices," said the EFF in a statement.
In response, Verizon told the EFF that AppFlash would initially work on just a single phone - the LG K20 V - as a test. Furthermore, users must opt-in to use the application, or they can simply decide to disable it entirely.
"As we said earlier this week, we are testing AppFlash to make app discovery better for consumers. The test is on a single phone – LG K20 V – and you have to opt-in to use the app. Or, you can easily disable the app. Nobody is required to use it. Verizon is committed to your privacy."
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