Oneplus landed itself in hot soup recently when the brand’s handsets were found transferring personal info to the company. This was reported just days ago. Even though the investigation itself, initiated by a Christopher Moore was one year old, it just came under the scanner recently. OnePlus has been questioned for its analytics data before too so this was a step backwards in the matter for the company.
The analytics data included screen on, screen off, device unlock events, abnormal reboots, serial number, IMEI, phone numbers, MAC addresses, mobile network(s) names and IMSI prefixes, app open/close timestamps, and wireless network ESSID and BSSID. Even Wi-Fi details were not spared. The matter erupted when the security blogger’s findings were posted by online publications. Now, this has prompted the company to respond.
After the incident, Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus posted some clarifications on the forums. The co-founder explained at length why they gather analytics data and what data is included in it. He said that users can opt out of it. “At any time, users can opt-out of usage analytics collection by navigating to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Advanced’ -> ‘Join user experience program’,” Pei said.
He also said that going forward the company will no longer gather telephone numbers, MAC Addresses and WiFi information. Pei also assured readers that privacy is a very serious priority for them and that any analytics data never gets shared to third-parties whatsoever.
“By the end of October, all OnePlus phones running OxygenOS 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. In addition, we will include a terms of service agreement that further explains our analytics collection.”