Influential Online Privacy Advocate Says Google Removed Vital Privacy Feature From Android, Claiming Its Release Was Accidental
- Created: Friday, 13 December 2013 22:19
The privacy-protection feature was enabled in Android 4.3, and EFF posted to its blog just yesterday praising Google for adding the feature. It allows users to install apps from Google's ap store, Play, while preventing collection of sensitive data, like a user's location or address book. However, Google pulled the privacy protection feature from the new 4.4.2 version released last week.
EFF asked Google why the feature was removed. "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," says EFF's Peter Eckersley. "We are suspicious of this explanation, and do not think that it in any way justifies removing the feature rather than improving it."