The developer behind a peer-to-peer application for Android handsets has agreed to settle federal charges that stated users of the app were being inadvertently pushed into exposing their personal information.
FrostWire for Android had been engineered to share many users’ photos, videos, documents by default without any instructions informing users of the risks involved. Following an imposing Federal Trade Commission case, Angel Leon, developer of FrostWire for Android, has agreed to redesign the app and make changes to its PC cousin, FrostWire Desktop.
“FrostWire for Android, as configured by the defendants, was likely to cause a significant number of consumers installing and running it on their mobile computing devices to unwittingly share files stored on those devices,” wrote the attorneys for the American consumer watchdog.
Although p2p apps aren’t always a bad idea for sharing data, this case clearly highlights the dangers of storing your personal information on any smartphone handset. For more tips on keeping your Android safe from unwanted intrusions check out our guide to beating the Android hackers.