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So a while ago there was this controversy about the King Root app that it was collecting the phone's IMEI and sending it off to China servers after a person roots his device.

Since then it seems that forum moderators here began locking up threads and removing all links, basically this program was banned from the forums. Now I see that lots of threads have been unlocked again for discussion where the Kingo Root app is mentioned.

I have also noticed that they have now added an "Open Source" page on their website. So have some experts from here reviewed the program thoroughly, found nothing and decided to allow it?
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So a while ago there was this controversy about the King Root app that it was collecting the phone's IMEI and sending it off to China servers after a person roots his device.

Since then it seems that forum moderators here began locking up threads and removing all links, basically this program was banned from the forums. Now I see that lots of threads have been unlocked again for discussion where the Kingo Root app is mentioned.

I have also noticed that they have now added an "Open Source" page on their website. So have some experts from here reviewed the program thoroughly, found nothing and decided to allow it?
Yes, discussion is now allowed. The Kingo team has been working with the XDA staff to resolve the issues. IMEI's are no longer collected, but by virtue of how the program works, it still sends some info (such as serial number) to remote servers, and there is no real way around that. The explanations given by Kingo seem reasonable, and jive with what the XDA staff has determined by their own analysis.

As per usual, any time you use a closed source program to gain root (or for anything for that matter) -- and I'm not specifically talking about Kingo -- the onus is on you to determine if it is the program is appropriate for you. Caveat emptor.
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Yes, discussion is now allowed. The Kingo team has been working with the XDA staff to resolve the issues. IMEI's are no longer collected, but by virtue of how the program works, it still sends some info (such as serial number) to remote servers, and there is no real way around that. The explanations given by Kingo seem reasonable, and jive with what the XDA staff has determined by their own analysis.

As per usual, any time you use a closed source program to gain root (or for anything for that matter) -- and I'm not specifically talking about Kingo -- the onus is on you to determine if it is the program is appropriate for you. Caveat emptor.
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