Using smartphones has become fun while more manufacturers have entered the market with low and mid-range devices. Masses go for such options just because of affordable pricing. But do you know opting for budget Android devices hovers your privacy?

Yes, it is true as the latest reports reveal that some cheap Android smartphones are found selling user data to third parties in developing countries.

The Wall Street Journal claims that some of the low-end smartphone manufacturers are using smartphones to sniff user’s private data. The data is then being sold to big companies that may be used for any illegal activities. The Journal investigated cases of a few smartphones, including the Singtech P10 which was established to be one main crook.

Not to mention that the Singtech P10 smartphone is being sold in Myanmar and Cambodia. The brand was found harvesting users’ data from both these countries that was further sold to a big Taiwan-based firm named General Mobile Corp (GMobi). The advertising firm used the data to target Singtech P10 users with specific advertisements.

It was also revealed during investigations that the smartphones were being shipped with a pre-installed app that was meant to collect users’ data including IMEI numbers, MAC addresses and user’s location. More worriedly, the same app was later found on smartphones in other countries including China, India and Brazil.

However, Paul Wu – CEO GMobi denied all those allegations when contacted by Wall Street Journal and said that the firm had never been involved in violating any of the data collections laws.