User spots OnePlus 3T sending their clipboard data to servers in China

User spots OnePlus 3T sending their clipboard data to servers in China
OnePlus gets in hot water every now and again over privacy concerns, and now, there's another little controversy brewing. A keen OnePlus 3T user who happened to be monitoring the traffic that goes in and out of their network noticed something weird when they updated to the latest beta build for their device. Apparently, the handset was sending clipboard information directly to AliBaba Group servers.

So, basically, anything you hit "copy" on — web addresses, contacts, photos, etc. — can be sent over to AliBaba, which is one of the biggest e-commerce sites to come out of China.

OnePlus has since commented that this was supposed to only happen on the Chinese build of its operating system — HydrogenOS — and not be live on the global edition, which is OxygenOS. The company assures us that the OxygenOS beta will be promptly updated to remove the clipboard "feature". OnePlus continued to explain that the data does not get saved on any server and that such practices are common on devices sold in China.

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3T
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3400 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    OnePlus OxygenOS UI

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