A few months ago, OnePlus’s extensive data collection practices came into the limelight, but the Chinese phone maker explained that it was using that data to improve its product and services. At the time, OnePlus promised an update that would allow users to opt-out of this unwanted user experience program, and the clamor eventually died down.
Well, a new report now says that there’s still a OnePlus app that can grab data from the phone and send it to servers in China without a user’s knowledge or express consent.
The French security researcher hiding behind the name Elliot Alderson on Twitter detailed OnePlus’s data collection practices back in October, and he has now discovered a strange file in the OnePlus clipboard app.
A Badword.txt file contains various keywords, including “Chairman, Vice President, Deputy Director, Associate Professor, Deputy Heads, General, Private Message, shipping, Address, email,” and 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.”
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