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Mobile phone maker misled people on privacy & security

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People use their mobile devices for everything from making calls and sending emails and text messages to maintaining contact lists, taking photos, surfing the web, and finding the best travel routes. You count on your device to help with your daily routine, and you expect that your information will be private and secure.

Well, some mobile device companies deal with privacy and data security better than others. For example, today, the FTC announced a settlement with BLU Products, Inc., which sells mobile devices through online and brick-and-mortar retailers, such as Amazon and Best Buy. According to the FTC, BLU deceived consumers about their privacy policies and data security. It told consumers that it would only share data with service providers if they had a business need to get the information. But, it allowed a China-based service provider called ADUPS to collect the content of text messages, real-time location information, call and text message logs with full phone numbers, contact lists, and lists of applications installed and used from consumers’ devices, even though the Chinese company didn’t have a business need for this information.

BLU also told consumers it maintained appropriate security measures. However, according to the FTC, the transmission of consumers’ personal information from BLU devices to ADUPS happened because BLU failed to put in place appropriate security procedures to protect consumers’ devices. For example, BLU failed to oversee the security practices of its service providers.

If you’re shopping for a mobile device, or any product, do some research. Do an online search to see what others are saying about the company and the products they sell. Enter the name of the company with words like review, privacy, scam, or complaint. Look through several pages of search results. For more tips, see Comparing Products Online.

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Hacked completely thru metro pcs

Ever since I switched to boost I've been being cyber bullied and have reported it to boost and FTC and I am on the government do not call list, but still having issues with fraudulent calls.

Being hacked right now as Im texting this.

I was and still being hacked thru t-mibile/metro pcs. Someone at FTC should've able to do something. Also 2 debit cards/2 credits never received to my po box.

DEAR CITIZEN TRESSLER - we must warn each and every fellow AMERICAN about the fact that the so called - free GOV CELLPHONES, being distributed with the BLU BRANDING, are everywhere, DATA MINING USA by CHInA INC. NOBODY IS PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON SO SAD for american security all around

On May 7th I rec'd 9 calls from a company professing to be Apple Inc. I looked up Apple and spoke to a rep. no way would they make cold calls. This was a cam telling me not to use any of my Apple products. Since I don't own any I already knew this was a scam or pshing. Each time they called, all 9 times it was a different #. Be aware.

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