EFF: Google Removes Vital Privacy Feature from Android


The Electronic Frontier Foundation has put out a release bemoaning the removal of the “AppOps” feature from the Android 4.4.2 release. “When asked for comment, Google told us that the feature had only ever been released by accident — that it was experimental, and that it could break some of the apps policed by it. We are suspicious of this explanation, and do not think that it in any way justifies removing the feature rather than improving it.” AppOps allows the tweaking of individual permissions for apps; it will be interesting to see whether CyanogenMod finds a way to retain support for this feature.

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