A recent academic study suggested that pre-installed apps on various Samsung devices were cheekily accessing and collecting users’ private data.
Unsurprisingly, everyone’s favourite South Korean manufacturer (no offense, Lucky Goldstar) has quickly released a statement intended to kick that notion in the privates and allay customer fears.
The Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note were all accused of harvesting information such as contact numbers and location information.
However, as reported by Yonhap News Agency, Samsung has emphatically denied the allegations. Samsung’s statement reads: "Samsung never collected or used private information of smartphone users. All applications provided by Samsung have no ability to collect private data.”
We’re reminded of the recent furore over iOS 4.3. A pair of chaps discovered that Apple’s OS was storing a rather worrying amount of location data. In that case, Apple conceded that the volume of data being gathered was quite unnecessary, and quickly released a fix.
Somehow we’re not entirely convinced that this is the end of the Samsung data gathering fiasco...