OnePlus found to be collecting data without users' permission

OnePlus OxygenOS phone data tracking raises privacy concerns

But how much is too much?

If you want a surefire way of preventing your OnePlus phone from sharing plain-text data with its parent company, you'll have to do a bit of Android programming legwork - but you won't have to root your phone, as Moore initially thought you might.

Moore found that the OnePlus server would periodically collect data about his phone, including the IMEI and IMSI (the handset and SIM card unique identifiers, respectively), the phone number, MAC addresses (unique identifiers for network ports), mobile network names and wireless network names. Here are the official comments from the blog of Christopher Moore.

Last year, Christopher Moore was taking part in a Hack Challenge and made a decision to run the web traffic from his OnePlus 2 through a proxy.

OnePlus been accused of collecting personally identifiable analytics data from mobile owners. But, notes the company, this is to understand the problems that the users are facing and solve them in the forthcoming update.


In a statement, OnePlus said it does transmit analytics to an Amazon server in two streams. OnePlus has said that the data only contains "usage analytics" which is used to "fine tune our software". OnePlus stated that a user could deactivate the transfer by tapping Settings - Advanced - Join user experience program. The second stream is device information, which we collect to provide better after-sales support.

According to Moore, the code responsible for this data collection is part of the OnePlus Device Manager and OnePlus Device Manager Provider. He also claims that his OnePlus 2 was sending information about locks and unlocks and unexpected reboots. Check out the source link below to check what sort of data was sent. In a time where user information and security of sensitive information is becoming more important, a transparent and comprehensive understanding of what information is being collected and for what objective (as well as the option to completely opt out of such collection) would be greatly appreciated in any situation.

You might think true privacy is becoming increasingly hard to come by in this ever-more connected world, but most companies at least ask or warn that they'll be collecting data.

Of late, the data that phone companies collect from their users has become a touchy point, particularly in India where most of the phones sold are made by Chinese companies. The information has been sought from all major phone makers, including Apple and Samsung.

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