Weather App Harvests Personal Data, Security Experts Warn


A popular weather app has been collecting unusual amounts of information from its users, security experts claim.

Data including email addresses and mobile identity numbers have been transmitted to servers based in China.

The free app, ‘Weather Forecast—World Weather Accurate Radar’, has also subscribed users to paid services without permission.

It has been downloaded more than 10 million times from Google’s Play store.

The software is made by TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd., based in Shenzhen, China.

The company manufactures Alcatel and Blackberry-branded smartphones, which come with the weather app pre-installed.

According to the security and mobile commerce firm, Upstream Systems, TCL’s ‘Weather Forecast’ asks to collect information including users’ geographic locations, email addresses and International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers – a 15-digit code used to identify devices.

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