Some days back, it came to light that Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has been collecting private data of its customers, including their phones’ serial number, IMEI number, MAC addresses, as well as mobile network names and Wi-Fi SSIDs.
The company quickly responded with a statement, saying the data is transmitted securely and is used to fine tune their software according to user behavior. They also provided a way through which this data sharing can be turned off.
Now, co-founder Carl Pie has published a post on the matter, where-in he accepted that they collect usage analytics and device information. He, however, emphasized that the information collected this way has never been shared with third-parties.
More importantly, he confirmed that the company will no longer be collecting information such as telephone numbers, MAC Addresses, and WiFi information.
He also mentioned that all OxygenOS-powered OP phones “will have a prompt in the setup wizard that asks users if they want to join our user experience program. The setup wizard will clearly indicate that the program collects usage analytics.”
Also, the company will include a terms of service agreement, further explaining their analytics collection. All these changes are expected to come in effect by October end.
Source | Via