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    Update: HTC to Release Privacy Fix for Smartphones

    This week, Android Police reported that was a security problem that leaves vulnerable the personal data of users of HTC’s Android software-using smartphones. Now, BBC News reports that HTC is releasing a fix for this security issue on these mobile devices:

    HTC is to release an urgent update for several of its smartphones to fix a vulnerability which could leave personal information at risk.

    The Android Police blog discovered that a user’s GPS location and call logs could be easily accessed by net-enabled apps.

    After investigating, HTC admitted the flaw could be “exploited by a malicious third-party application”.

    It said affected users will be notified of the update automatically. […]

    Until the patch is released, the company urges users to “use caution when downloading, using, installing and updating applications from untrusted sources”.

    The flaw relates to a particular file which contains a vast amount of personal information including GPS location history, SMS data, phone logs and e-mail accounts. […]

    “So far, we have not learned of any customers being affected in this way and would like to prevent it by making sure all customers are aware of this potential vulnerability,” [HTC said in a statement.]

    The company said the patch will be released after a short period of testing, and users are urged to download the update promptly.

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