Android privacy controls appear, disappear in 4.3 – 4.4 transition
Apparently what “the Google” gives, “the Google” can take away. Recently Android was being lauded for adding additional privacy controls to Android 4.3+, allowing users to install apps while denying some of the apps’ attempts to collect the user’s data. This feature was accessible by installing a tool like App Ops Launcher (pictured above.)
However, Google’s Android OS dev team has withdrawn the App Ops interface from the latest update. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), with Android release 4.4.2 the Google gods have withdrawn the App Ops interface. They claim it was “released by accident — that it was experimental, and that it could break some of the apps policed by it.” As EFF opines, “[s]o, for the time being, users will need to chose between either privacy or security on the Android devices, but not both.”
Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation.This entry was posted in Android, security and tagged Android 4.4.2, App Ops interface, EFF, privacy, user controls.