Even judging by the low standards of creepy data-mining apps, “Brightest Flashlight” did something pretty egregious. The free app, which was installed by at least 50 million Android users, transmitted users’ real-time locations to ad networks and other third parties. It was, in other words, a stalking device disguised as a flashlight.
The terms are now final, and they’re underwhelming, to put it mildly…
On paper, the order looks like stern stuff but, in practice, it’s hard to see how this amounts to real punishment. Even though [Golden Shores owner Erik] Geidl did something deeply unethical, compromising the privacy of tens of millions of people, he will not pay a cent for his misdeeds.”