For companies like Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google, analytics data is considered as the basic and most important step for developing any software. The data help developers to resolve any kind of bugs related issues and fix them with an update. But OnePlus has been discovered collecting a vast amount of data from their mobile users.
According to a post on Christopher Moore’s blog, OnePlus is collecting sensitive private data like IMEI numbers, mobile network names and IMSI prefixes, MAC addresses, and more. He discovered that his OnePlus 2 device was sending data to a HTTPS domain, which was transmitted to Amazon Web Services and belongs to OnePlus (open.oneplus.net domain).
In a statement to Android Authority, OnePlus said “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 user 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.”
This is not the first time OnePlus is accused of something. The company was recently found guilty of rigging the benchmark scores for its latest OnePlus 5 flagship device.The tech siteXDA developershave claimed that the company is again manipulating benchmarks results with OnePlus 5. According to theirreport, “Every single review of the OnePlus 5 that contains a benchmark is using misleading results, as OnePlus provided reviewers with a device that cheats on benchmarks.” Further, they have also claimed that this time the cheating mechanism is “blatant and aimed at maximising the device’s performance.”
The same was done on OnePlus 3T. Multiple reports pointout that the OnePlus was targeting specific applications like AnTuTu and Geekbench to temper the benchmark result through tweaking of its latest flagship smartphone. The report further highlights that OnePlus was targeting these applications by name and whenever it sense a benchmark application, the smartphone would pump up the clock speed in order to attain better benchmark scores.
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