Angela Moscaritolo reports:
Miami-based budget smartphone maker Blu has settled with the Federal Trade Commission over spyware allegations. The company was accused of misleading customers and putting their data at risk by allowing a third-party service provider to send their text messages, real-time location information, and other personal information to a server in China.
Blu is walking away from the scandal with a slap on the wrist. It won’t have to pay a fine but will need to “implement a comprehensive data security program to help prevent unauthorized access of consumers’ personal information and address security risks” related to its phones, the FTC wrote in a news release. Blu did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.
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