09282021Headline:

GOOGLE removed android privacy control feature from its latest version 4.4.2

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SAN FRANCISCO: Google 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 user’s location.

The change means that owners of smartphones using Android 4.4.2, the latest version of the world’s most popular operating system for mobile devices released this week, must provide access to their personal data in order to use certain apps.

The control panel, called App Ops, allowed Android users to deny the availability of selected permissions in an app. Though it was not accessible to users without some technical knowledge, it was immediately noticed and made available through Android apps that provided shortcuts to the hidden interface.

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App Ops turns Android’s permission model on its head. Instead of allowing the developer to present a list of requested (and generally necessary) permissions to the user for all-or-nothing approval, the control panel allowed users to disable certain permissions while leaving others in place.

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