The popular budget smartphones BLU are back on sale at Amazon. Last week, the online giant temporarily stop them because of concerns that they contain spyware.

Amazon has now confirmed that phones are once again part of the company’s catalog, and BLU has reported a “false alarm” incident. The device in question was the BLU R1 HD, which spyware software is used by a Chinese company called Shanghai Adups Technology.

Its application collects data such as location, short messages, and call history and sends them to servers in China. After these breakthroughs, BLU took measures and remove the software, but at the end of July, cyber security experts discovered that suspicious software was working on some phone models again.

BLU also comes with a few arguments in its defense:

BLU’s privacy policy (which you probably didn’t read) includes language stating that the company can “retain any personal identifiable information (“PII”) that it collects through our software while you have an active BLU device” and that you agree to allow it to be sent to “any country where this data is stored.”

BLU is hardly the only company that does this.

If you look at Kryptowire’s data, BLU phones send a lot less data than some others (the Chineee Cubot X16S sends browser history, call logs, text message metadata, and more, while the BLU Grand M and BLU Life One X2 do not… but they do sent IMEI, WiFi MAC address, device serial number, list of applications installed on the phone, phone number, and cell tower ID).

Another thing worth keeping in mind? The reason data is being sent to a Chines server is because BLU is using an over-the-air update service called Adups, which is based in China, and which allows some phone makers to request a lot of personal data from users’ phones.

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