OnePlus, the Chinese Flagship Killer has been reported with an act of sending users’ data to a Chinese company back at home without consent of users. Earlier, it was first reported back in October last year that the company was collecting users’ data without their permission.
The company faced backlash and explained that it was using that data to improve its products and services. The brand also promised to introduce an update giving users an option to control this unwanted feature called user’s experience program.
OnePlus Sends User Data to a Chinese Firm
However, the fresh report thrashes company’s claim as the OnePlus app (factory installed) has been reported collecting users’ data and sending it to servers in China without their knowledge or approval.
Elliot Alderson, a French researcher, has appeared on twitter with the claim that OnePlus is collecting user’s data without permission through an app. The data is being sent to a popular Chinese company called TeddyMobile that has already been working with OPPO mobile.
The @OnePlus #clipboard app contains a strange file called badword.txt 🤔— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) January 25, 2018
In these words, we can find: Chairman, Vice President, Deputy Director, Associate Professor, Deputy Heads, General, Private Message, shipping, Address, email, …https://t.co/ePQvD1citn pic.twitter.com/3dCh0joVkH
According to Anderson’s findings, a file dubbed to be “badword.txt” is used for the purpose that comprises of various keywords like “Chairman, Vice President, Deputy Director, Associate Professor, Deputy Heads, General, Private Message, shipping, Address, email,” and such others.
The file is then duplicated in a zip file called “pattern” alongside six other “.txt files”. All these files are apparently used in “in an obfuscated package which seems to be an #Android library from teddymobile.”
As for now, there is no official statement issued by OnePlus denying the claims made by Anderson or otherwise.