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Google Yanks Buried Android Privacy Feature

Google removes an undocumented App Ops control panel from its latest release, Android 4.4.2, that had let users choose which app permissions to enable.

(Source: JD Hancock, Flickr)

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StephanieGina
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StephanieGina,
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12/27/2013 | 10:46:18 AM
Stopped downloading any apps...
I will not download any app that requires access to my contacts, location, etc., etc,. etc., when it has absolutely no reason to do so.  Sadly I upgraded and lost this control feature which did not seem to affect any app I removed contacts and location from.  Given this deplorable state of privacy and control over my own device, the Play Store is quickly becoming my "dead zone" and will remain so until this feature is restored.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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12/24/2013 | 2:53:59 AM
Re : Google Yanks Buried Android Privacy Feature
Expanding on the argument of literate users, come control should be provided to users regarding specific permissions. It would also expose apps taking unnecessary permissionse.g. a game requesting access to contacts information or call log.It would put users in control of their privacy and that is how it should be done.
SachinEE
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12/24/2013 | 2:53:54 AM
Re : Google Yanks Buried Android Privacy Feature
Smart phone users are not that stupid as has been assumed. When a user is installing apps like Facebook, he/she knows that it needs internet access. If he didn't, why would he or she bother to install it in the first place?When users install apps from Play store, they know what those apps are used for. If I install some app and know its functioning, there is no sense of my blocking a permission that is necessary for app's working.
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12/16/2013 | 9:38:15 PM
User privacy v. security
So it comes down to Droid users having to choose between privacy or security. Google needs to do the right thing and give users both instead forcing a choice otherwise all bets are off when it comes to competing with Apple.
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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12/16/2013 | 6:15:24 PM
"Accidental" release not reassuring to privacy advocates
A feature that gives users some control over permissions granted to Andoid apps. What a great idea for privacy. Google released it "accidentally" and now pulls it back? Was this accident discovered after some developers started standing Google's privacy model on its head? This incident doesn't resolve anything, but that's just it. You kind of assume the worst when it comes to Google on privacy.
chrisp114
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12/16/2013 | 4:28:49 PM
Leave google now!
Google should be shut down and their management should be thrown in prison for life. Every site should be privacy-based, by law. I like these companies (because of their great privacy): DuckDuckGo, Ravetree, and HushMail. Use them. Tell everyone about them. The more people that use privacy-based sites, the better they will become. We have to support them if we want to win the war on privacy.
samicksha
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12/16/2013 | 4:30:22 AM
Re: CyanogenMod has had this feature for years!
Any one here with more information on Sandbox as i guess android application run in an isolated area of the system that does not have access to the rest of the system's resources, unless access permissions are explicitly granted by the user when the application is installed.
anon2815144809
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12/15/2013 | 2:49:14 AM
Google Yanks Buried Android Privacy Feature
And geeks put it right back.  Its a great feature I use it to control my apps. A firewall of sorts, they should of made it available to all.
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12/14/2013 | 5:06:04 PM
Re: CyanogenMod has had this feature for years!
As an Android user, I personally would prefer to have more granularity in terms of privacy on some of these third party apps. Like the article points out, when an Android user downloads an app from Google Play, a splash screen appears telling the user what permissions the app must use, all in one list. You either take it or leave it. 

I would rather be able to control these things through a console, which is what is described here. I think location, in particular, is something I am concerned about. 
pwhenderson
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12/14/2013 | 4:55:43 PM
Last straw
I've towed the Google line for more than a decade.  Androids self starting, speed eating apps, contacts accessing apps have always been a scourge.  I have been greatly enjoying app opps permission manager for a few weeks now.  Im devastated that I no longer have that ability.  I didn't know the consequences of updating.  I wish I hadn't.  So you all know, I also cannot turn off my gps now - perma on.  I'll be changing op systems now.  It's been a long time coming.  Time I've wasted watching Google evolve into big brother.  
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