Home Business IT Open Source Google removes privacy feature from Android
Google removes privacy feature from Android Featured

A tool that offered a missing privacy feature in Android, introduced in version 4.3, has been removed in version 4.4.2, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The tool, called App Ops Launcher, enables users to choose what permissions they will allow for each application that is installed on their Android phones. It is one feature that is lacking in the security model of the mobile operating system.

The EFF is a non-profit organisation that works to ensure peoples' digital rights are respected.

When one installs an app from Google's Play Store, one cannot choose the permissions one accords to an app. It is an all or nothing proposition.

When the EFF asked Google why the tool was removed, it was told that it had been released by accident, that it was experimental and could break some of the apps that it was policing.

"We are suspicious of this explanation, and do not think that it in any way justifies removing the feature rather than improving it," the EFF wrote.

"The disappearance of App Ops is alarming news for Android users. The fact that they cannot turn off app permissions is a Stygian hole in the Android security model, and a billion people's data is being sucked through."

Apple had the same issue some years ago - users had to accept all the permissions demanded by an app when installing - but it took steps so its users could choose what permissions to grant and which to deny.

FREE CLOUD BACKUPS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR

Are your technicians spending too much time just managing your clients cloud backups?

Backups are an important part of any IT business but they should not consume more than their fair share of time and money.

Discover how to reduce the amount of time & money spent managing your Cloud Backups during this Free Webinar.

REGISTER FOR FREE WEBINAR!

FREE NETWORKING SERVICES CASE STUDY

As one of the world’s largest social networking services, Facebook handles a lot of user information, and requires input from an astounding range of stakeholders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — from both inside and outside the business.

Discover how Facebook was helped to connect remote employees, vendors, consultants, and partners to applications and web services quickly and reliably - without risking sensitive data.

GET CASE STUDY!

GET THE IT BUDGET YOU WANT

Explore your Network Treasure Trove to get the IT Budget you want

With Australian businesses projected to spend over $78.7 Billion why does it feel like you can never get the budget you need?.

In most cases your budget will get approved because the proposals are not only technically correct, but also provide good, credible evidence on how the spend aligns with key business objectives.

Did you know that your Network Monitoring tool can help you build a comprehensive business case without an MBA?

HERE ARE 8 TIPS TO GET THE IT BUDGET YOU WANT.

CLICK HERE!

Sam Varghese

website statistics

A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Connect

 

 

 

 

Join the iTWire Community and be part of the latest news, invites to exclusive events, whitepapers and educational materials and oppertunities.
Why do I want to receive this daily update?
  • The latest features from iTWire
  • Free whitepaper downloads
  • Industry opportunities