Last month a Fox News interview with a cyber security expert got a LOT of people scared. I did some research and found out the truth.

First, there is nothing suspect with Apple's own flashlight app. If you have an iPhone, and you use that one, this issue doesn't apply to you.
If you have an iPhone but use someone else's flashlight app, just delete it and use the Apple app and you're fine.
If you have an Android phone, here's what you need to know:

1. Yes the Android flashlight apps are accessing too much info in your phone.
2. A lawsuit last year forced these companies to scale way back on what they're accessing.
3. Most free apps access information that would bother you. That doesn't make it malware.
4. The cyber experts were grossly irresponsible using the term malware to describe these apps and scaring millions of people.
5. No online experts believe your data is being sent to China and India.
6. Most of this hullabaloo was created by a flashlight app company that wanted to discredit competitors.

The moral of the story is don't believe everything you hear/read and read the "permissions" carefully when downloading Android apps.