A free Android flashlight application, Flashlight Free, successfully transformed smartphones into flashlights. However, users were unaware that using the app also enabled companies to track them. Brightest Flash Free collected information that pinpointed a user’s exact location. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission issued its first action related to location-based technology, reaching a settlement with the maker of Brightest Flashlight Free for deceiving its users about the application’s purpose.
Android Case Shines Light on Misleading Location-Based Technology (Washington Post)
December 11, 2013 By Leave a Comment