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December 26, 2013 / Steven Soliman

Developer of Android’s ‘Brightest Flashlight’ App Settles FTC Charges

The creator of a popular Android flashlight app recently settled a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) case alleging that the phone app deceived customers about how their information would be shared.

Goldenshores Technologies, LLC, creator of the “Brightest Flashlight Free” Android app which has been downloaded by millions of users, was accused of deceptively failing to disclose that the app transmitted user geo-location and other unique information to third parties such as advertisers, even when users opted not to share.

The settlement reached with the FTC requires the company to provide accurate disclosures informing users of how their information will be shared and requires express consent from the user before the information is shared.

The FTC has been diligent in its prosecution of app companies and developers who violate user privacy. In February of 2013, the FTC issued “Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency,” a series of recommendations of best practices regarding mobile privacy for key players in the mobile industry. Although the recommendations are not being strictly enforced, it has made stakeholders aware of the FTC’s heightened scrutiny in this arena.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a privacy violation, please contact Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP for a private consultation.

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