There has been abuzz about the data collection by OnePlus. OxygenOS on recent OnePlus phones collects and sends the data to the company. It has been the talk between OnePlus phone users but users are more alert now and want to know which data is collected.
OnePlus is following this practice as other manufacturing companies. All the collected information tells the company, how a phone is being used, number and types of apps installed and some other information too. User accounts stores all these information. According to earlier reports, the OnePlus 2 used to collect data like wifi network, the time duration of apps usage, user account and much more.
OnePlus phones send this data to the OnePlus research team and it helps them improve their software and customer support. OnePlus said, ‘We securely transmit analytics in two different streams over HTTPS to an Amazon server. The first stream is usage analytics, which we collect in order for us to more precisely fine-tune our software according to user behavior. The second stream is device information, which we collect to provide better after-sales support’.
Data collection can also be turned off for some features. How the software is used and types of apps installed can be prevented from sharing with the company by going to Settings, Advanced and turning off “Join user experience program.” These things were not explained to users and left them in doubt. OnePlus has assured that they are using the data appropriately.