Well this isn’t a great look — but there’s an explanation.A concern from earlier this year over how much data OnePlus has been collecting has resurfaced this week, pointing to the fact OxygenOS on all recent OnePlus phones keeps track of all sorts of information on the phone and sends it back to the company. Despite this being something that’s been happening for some time on OnePlus phones and that’s several months since first being discovered, users have just now been reminded of it and are (rightfully) concerned over just how much is being collected and what’s being done with it.
OnePlus, just like any other phone manufacturer, collects information on how your phone is being used, what apps are installed, and what issues may arise — and it’s often tied to that phone and your user account in particular. The report from earlier this year clearly shows how a OnePlus phone (a OnePlus 2 in this case) was collecting how long apps were used for, what Wi-Fi networks were being connected to, the phone’s associated user account and much more. It was sending the data back to OnePlus as well — and mostly for good reason, as it helps OnePlus improve its software and help with customer support should the need arise.
When asked for a comment on the matter, OnePlus responded with exactly as we’d expect:
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.
While it may seem like a massive treasure trove of information that shouldn’t be leaving the phone, this sort of diagnostic and usage data