Android Phone Privacy – Invaded by OnePlus?

Is your Android phone privacy being invaded by OnePlus? OnePlus a subsidiary of OPPO Electronics Incorporated has been obtaining quite a bit of data from owners of their smartphone devices. To some they have been collecting too much information about you, the end user.

Developer Christopher Moore noticed strange network activity from his OnePlus device. That phone was sending quite a bit of data to open.oneplus.net. This domain is actually legitimate and owned by OnePlus.

Christopher was able to decrypt this data and found out that quite a bit of private information was being sent to this server. Each time that phone was locked, unlocked, and restarted, a timestamp log was sent to open.oneplus.net.

“the phone’s IMEI(s), phone numbers, MAC addresses, mobile network(s) names and IMSI prefixes, as well as my wireless network ESSID and BSSID and, of course, the phone’s serial number.”

This is quite the information grab, even for a smartphone provider. This server also collects logged information about your application activity. For whatever reason OnePlus is collecting information about when and why you open and use an application on their smartphones.

A representative from OnePlus claims that an end user can disable this arbitrage of data collection. They released a statement to AndroidPolice.com.

"We securely transmit analytics in two different streams over HTTPS to an Amazon server. The first stream is usage analytics, which we collect in order for us to more precisely fine tune our software according to user behavior. This transmission of usage activity can be turned off by navigating to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Advanced’ -> ‘Join user experience program’.

The second stream is device information, which we collect to provide better after-sales support."

That is an interesting way to define spying, at least to me. If it is indeed true that you can turn off all that evesdropping, then at least you have that option. Another option is to uninstall OnePlus Device Manager.

Finally, you could obviously stop using your OnePlus device.

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