Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

OxygenOS 4.5.1 update rolling out for OnePlus 3/3T as an OTA

OxygenOS 4.5.1 update rolling out for OnePlus 3/3T as an OTA

OnePlus users have something to be anxious for as it has been discovered that the Chinese company might be collecting user data without permission. We want to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about data collection on OnePlus devices; explain what we are collecting and why; and map the changes we will make going forward to address your concerns. This is just pure speculation, just like the whole story about the 5T, however, it did happen in the same manner when the OnePlus 5 was unveiled with respect to the OnePlus 3T.

Additionally, all OxygenOS-equipped phones will have a prompt in the initial setup that asks users if they'd like to join the "experience program".

A software engineer named Christoper Moore discovered that OnePlus was secretly collecting data from his OnePlus 2.

British researcher Chris Moore noted that earlier this month, after his own tests revealed OnePlus was nabbing phones' IMEI identifying numbers, MAC addresses, mobile network and more, including phone numbers.

Thoughts about OnePlus's data collection program? It'll clearly tell them that the program collects usage analytics. "If you opt out of the user experience program, your usage analytics will not be tied to your device information", Pei added. OnePlus will also be updating its terms of service agreement to further break down its analytics gathering. Pei said the company has never shared this information with third-parties.

If data collection is an industry practice with no practical concerns for end users, why weren't customers invited to participate in this program from the beginning? Still, it meant that vast amounts of data were being sent to the company's servers without users knowing.

At the time, OnePlus shrugged its shoulders and said it collected the data in order to "precisely fine-tune its software according to user behaviour". If, however, you are on the official OxygenOS branch, then now might be a great time to switch over.

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