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Google kills ‘accidental’ Android feature that kept user data private

14
Dec
2013

Sorry, Android users — Google isn’t going that extra mile to help you keep your data private after all. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, just one day after praising Google for adding “awesome” privacy tools to Android 4.3, has found that Google has actually removed one of those key features in a subsequent update. When asked by the EFF why the feature had been removed, Google only said that it had been put there accidentally and wasn’t supposed to be part of Android 4.3. The EFF says that the removed feature, called “Ap Ops,” had allowed users to “install apps while preventing the app from collecting sensitive data like the user’s location or address book,” which is something that iOS has

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