SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. refuted on Monday allegations that its Galaxy smartphones carry applications that collect personal data, such as contact numbers and location information.
"Samsung never collected or used private information of smartphone users. All applications provided by Samsung have no ability to collect private data," the company said in a statement.
The denial came after an academic study claimed that pre-loaded mobile applications in the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note devices can access and store personal information.
Local media reported the study conducted by the Graduate School of Information Security at Korea University.
A university professor argued that several applications on mobile devices collected contact information, schedules on calendars, location data, text messages, photos and audio recordings.
"We cannot say whether these applications actually collected and leaked private details to third parties, but we cannot rule out the possibility," said Kim Seung-joo, who teaches at Korea University.
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