The ability to install custom firmware — this is exactly what many users love and Android. Custom allow you to expand the functionality of compatible devices, eliminating the need to fill the shortage of third-party software. But since many firmware are created on a bare enthusiasm without regard to the legal component, often there are all sorts of embarrassment, exposing user data to danger and adversely affect the credibility of the developers.
As it turned out, custom firmware Pixel Experience for a long time listened to its users and sent the received records to the servers of foreign companies.
The problem of data leakage stems from the functional features of the firmware, which is able to recognize in the background all the music that plays within the hearing range of the smartphone. Thanks to this feature, users did not need applications like Shazam and the like, because recognition was available by default.
Your smartphone listens to you
Here are just responsible for the recognition of not their own algorithms developers, and the service AUD with a public API. Thus, smartphones with Pixel Experience actually played the role of repeaters, as recorded what is happening around the user around the clock and sent the information to the server AUD. With the same success, the Add servers could be replaced by any other. As a result, – the disclosure of confidential information and the risk of disclosure of the privacy of users.
According to the representatives of the AudD, as soon as they learned that someone is continuously sending data to their servers, understood the situation and disabled the API for Pixel Experience. But just imagine what could lead to uncontrolled “merging” round-the-clock user records.
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