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Google removes privacy feature from Android mobile software

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Dec
2013

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc has removed an experimental privacy feature from its Android mobile software that had allowed users to block apps from collecting personal information such as address book data and a users location. The change means that owners of smartphones using Android 4.4.2, the latest version of the worlds most popular operating system for mobile devices released this week, must provide access to their personal data in order to use certain apps. A company spokesman said the feature had been included by accident in Android 4.3, the version released last summer. We are suspicious of this explanation, and do not think that it in any way justifies removing the feature rather than improving it, said Peter Eckersley, technology projects director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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