The app Brightest Flashlight is made by Goldenshores Technologies, which settled Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission on charges the company deceived users.
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by presenting them with an option to not share their information, even though it was shared automatically rendering the option meaningless.”
The agreed-upon settlement said the company won’t misrepresent how data is collected and shared, and also how much control consumers have over the way their data is used, the FTC release said. Goldenshores also must delete any personal information collected from consumers.
“When consumers are given a real, informed choice, they can decide for themselves whether the benefit of a service is worth the information they must share to use it,” Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in the release. “But this flashlight app left them in the dark about how their information was going to be used."
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