Skip to comments.HTC Settles F.T.C. Charges Over Security Flaws in Devices
Posted on 02/22/2013 9:53:54 PM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
WASHINGTON - More than 18 million smartphones and other mobile devices made by HTC, a Taiwanese company that is one of the largest sellers of smartphones in the United States, had security flaws that could allow location tracking of users against their will and the theft of personal information stored on their phones, federal officials said Friday.
The Federal Trade Commission charged HTC with customizing the software on its Android- and Windows-based phones in ways that let third-party applications install software that could steal personal information, surreptitiously send text messages or enable the device's microphone to record the user's phone calls.
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I went back to a not-so-smart phone for this reason. My HTC smart phone is now used only as a phone books, camera, video camera ...
Now I find out my suspicions are correct. Thanks for posting this one.
When my very, very old Blackberry bit the dust I considered a smart phone but decided I was too lazy to get smart enough to use it and also couldn’t quite accept the cost. NYSlimes article says they have known about it since 2011. What took them so long? No class action suit for lawyers to make a mint off of?
Thanks for the alert - am passing it on.
I love my HTC, but won’t be buying another. It’s not even two years old, and HTC won’t provide further updates for it. At least Apple updates their OS.