Android Privacy Feature RemovedCategory: Mobile
Posted: December 16, 2013 03:12PM
A security feature built into Android, known as App Ops, was recently removed from Android 4.4.2 according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. This Android-specific feature was first introduced with Android 4.3 and allowed users to prevent certain applications from collecting user information and accessing various features of the phone. Some of the application permissions that could be manually blocked included, but not limited to: location sharing, the reading and modifying of contacts, notification postings, vibration control, and camera use. Google claims that this feature was experimental in its introduction and was not meant to be included within the Android Operating System at all, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation is not in agreement with this statement. Users who would like to keep the Apps Ops feature on their phone can opt-out of updating their Android Operating System, but may in return miss crucial security updates that come with system updates.