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ACLU: Slow smartphone updates are privacy threat

LONDON — A leading US civil-rights organizations is taking on an unusual cause: spotty smartphone updates.

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate what it considers a failure by US wireless carriers to properly update the Google-built operating system used on Android phones. The ACLU says sluggish fixes have been saddling many smartphone users with software that is out of date and dangerous.

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