The creator of the popular “Brightest Flashlight Free” Android app has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) over charges that the app deceived consumers regarding the collection of geolocation information that was shared with third parties.
The app, created by Goldenshores Technologies, LLC, (“Goldenshores”) turns a mobile device into a flashlight by activating the device’s light functions, including the camera flash. It has been downloaded by tens of millions of Android users.
The Consent Order prohibits Goldenshores from misrepresenting its data collection policies and further requires a just-in-time disclosure that informs users that the app collects, transmits, or allows the transmission of geolocation information and to identify the specific categories of third parties that receive such information. Goldenshores must obtain the user’s affirmative express consent before transmitting such information. The Consent Order also requires Goldenshores to delete all personal information collected from consumers using the app.
The Consent Order is currently open to public comment until Jan. 6 2014, after which the FTC will determine whether to enter into a final Consent Order.