HTC 'Investigating' Sense Security Issue
Oct 3, 2011, 7:28 AM by Eric M. Zeman
HTC responded late Sunday to reports that its newest Sense-based Android smartphones (EVO 4G, EVO 3D, Thunderbolt, etc.) have a security issue. A reprot first published by Android Police claims that HTC Sense phones are collecting system logs and phone usage details ad storing it in the device's local memory. Some of the data collected and stored includes: user account data, email addresses, and syncing activity; last-known GPS coordinates and network connections; phone numbers and the call log; SMS data such as phone numbers and encoded text; and system logs. The way this information is stored allows other installed applications to access that data without first alerting users that it is doing so. What's not clear is if and/or how this data is being accessed by third-party applications, and what is happening to the information if it is being looked at. HTC said in a statement emailed to Phone Scoop, "HTC takes our customers' security very seriously, and we are working to investigate this claim as quickly as possible. We will provide an update as soon as we're able to determine the accuracy of the claim and what steps, if any, need to be taken."
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