In what could be a potential big blow to its brand image, OnePlus has been accused of collecting personal data in the name of analytics. This transmission which was first monitored by Christopher Moore last year who reported it on his blog. Moore found that his OnePlus 2 device was sending pretty sensitive stuff like phone number, IMEI number, mobile serial number, MAC address, mobile network names, and battery status and much more to OnePlus.
Moore sought to clarify the issue with OnePlus only to be given unsatisfactory replies from their customer support. After diving more into the issue, Moore found that the phone also shared details like which apps were opened and at what time.
OnePlus has responded to some major online publications regarding the new controversy and this is what they had to say:
“We securely transmit analytics in two different streams over HTTPS to an Amazon server. The first stream is usage analytics, which we collect in order for us to more precisely fine tune our software according to user behaviour. This transmission of usage activity can be turned off by navigating to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Advanced’ -> ‘Join user experience program’. The second stream is device information, which we collect to provide better after-sales support.”
Since then, a Twitter user, Jakub Czekanski, has already pointed out to a solution to this unwarranted data mining. Moreover, the process doesn’t require root so it’s not very cumbersome to pull off. You simply need an ADB tool with USB debugging enabled. Then connect a phone to PC and write this adb command: pm uninstall -k –user 0 net.oneplus.odm