If you bought one of Barnes & Noble’s $50 Nook 7 tablets, you might want to upgrade its software ASAP.
The gadgets came preinstalled with a program called ADUPS that quietly sends user data back to a third party.
Barnes & Noble launched the low-priced tablet in time for the shopping holidays this year, but instead of partnering with Samsung, like it had in previous years, it outsourced production, according to LinuxJournal.
In a statement, Barnes & Noble Chief Digital Officer Fred Argir said
When asked for comment, Barnes & Noble shared the following statement by Fred Argir, its chief digital officer:
“NOOK Tablet 7″ went on sale on November 26. By that time, the device automatically updated to a newer version of ADUPS (5.5), which has been certified as complying with Google’s security requirements, when first connected to Wi-Fi. ADUPS has confirmed to Barnes & Noble that it never collected any personally identifiable information or location data from NOOK Tablet 7” devices, nor will it do so in the future.
Finally, we are working on a software update to remove ADUPS completely from the NOOK Tablet 7″. That update will be made available to download within the next few weeks, but in the meantime customers can rest assured that the device is safe to use.”