A few days ago, it was speculated that Verizon is planning on sending out an update to its subscriber Andriod smartphones that may add a brand new app known as AppFlash. The computer code, created in partnership with the corporate behind the popular Evie launcher, aims to assist users to notice things a lot of simply on the phone.
According to Android Guys, there is an ulterior motive why Verizon desires to place this app on its phones - the gathering of users bio-data. The sensitive information may then be found being shared within Verizon's family of corporations together with AOL and other non-Verizon websites and services.
Reports of Verizon's plans have excited debate over the weekend, particularly within the wake of the Congress' vote against the principles planned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that will make it more difficult for web corporations to gather and sell personal data for advertising and remuneration functions.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (a non-profit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world, that was supported in 1990) was the first to report Verizon's intention to place a spyware app on its Android smartphones. However, since the initial article was made public, Verizon talked to EFF and explained its position on the matter.
The carrier told the organization that AppFlash can initially work on one phone, particularly the LG K20 V. It was speculated that the AppFlash will be optional and that Verizon won't push the app to customers who don't wish it. Nevertheless, it was made known by Verizon that the app can be easily disabled
In light of these clarifications, the EFF has withdrawn its allegations of referring to AppFlash as "the first horseman of the privacy of the apocalypse" and says it'll be investigating the matter appropriately. Meanwhile, Verizon can keep its promise and won't try and force the app on its subscribers.