OnePlus was recently caught in a storm when reports of unapproved user data mining was found taking place on OnePlus devices. A security blogger found that his OnePlus 2 was sending sensitive data like telephone numbers, MAC addresses and Wi-Fi information, reboot info, and more to OnePlus.
This further escalated when the customer support of OnePlus couldn’t give satisfactory to the user’s queries. However, they at least admitted that they were collecting the data. Now, the company has responded on it’s forum and this is a better reply.
Carl Pei took to the OnePlus forum to post reasons of analytics data collection today. The good thing is that they will now stop collecting telephone numbers, MAC addresses and Wi-Fi information.
“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. We would also like to share we will no longer be collecting telephone numbers, MAC Addresses and WiFi information.”
Pei also said that, in any case, OnePlus does not share user analytics data with third parties. This ought to calm the storm.