Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/177904/androids-permissions-system-is-broken-and-google-just-made-it-worse/
Mobile apps are harvesting entire address books and uploading them to ad servers, tracking users’ movements via GPS, and doing other nasty things. But Android’s permission system doesn’t do enough to help users fight this.
So I discovered this Xposed module XPrivacy (which you probably already know about), which prevents certain apps you choose from accessing your private stuff. It can do so without breaking them, as it doesn't stop them, but gives them fake info. Now the ad servers know that you have a blank address book and are currently located at the geographic North Pole.
That said, pretty good article!
There are 5 ways so far of getting AppOps back on 4.4.2, All pretty simple. Mainly all you need is root access. Some are flashable zips. Xposed has a module for it.
That's all cool and stuff for you and me, but most people don't have root access on their phone (nor do they know what it is). Not having root is not a very good reason to get your contacts harvested by some shady app in the depths of Google Play since the times of Android 1.5, right?
I had AppOps on my Nexus 7 tablet, but it's broken with the update. My Razr Maxx, which is stuck at Android 4.1.2 (thanks, Mororola) does not now allow it to be installed from Playstore ("Item is not compatible with your device"). Is there a way to install it on the phone anyway? Maybe there's an upside to being stuck on an earlier version? I see it on GitHub, and have downloaded "android-appops-laucher-1.4.zip" but am not knowledgeable enough to know where to go from there.
Fortunately for me, I only use my Android tablet for browsing the web, therefore, my contact list is empty and my GPS is disabled. At the moment, I have a standard "non-smart" phone that I use for calls and messaging. Unless Google improves their permission managing system, I will probably next buy an iPhone or iPad for my next smart device.
It won't work. Tried on my Xperia E (4.1.2 too), the APK doesn't install, says it's corrupt. The same APK works in the Nexus 7.
EDIT: Added a space, body is too similar.
Google just cannot be trusted. They've been abusing users for too long now with inpunity.
The situation is simple. If you're a geek, get root. If you're a novice who has never heard of root, buy an iPhone. iPhones are pretty well useless to smartphone enthusiasts anyway. Even jailbroken iPhones can't stack up against a non-rooted Android.
Once again... methinks you need to give proof... solid proof that Google's been using your data. Why? Because, for some reason, everybody seems to be convinced that the US's NSA is teaching Google some of their tricks.
So Google does nothing to protect user privacy... again. Is this really a surprise from the company that over the last few years has been prosecuted and fined repeatedly for breaching privacy laws?
The iPhone may be useless to snartphone enthusiasts, but I've got a lot more in life to be enthusiastic about than a smartphone. I just want a device that will make phone calls reliably and with the quality I'm used to from my 50-year-old, black, rotary-dial phone on my desk, and take pictures that are clear and sharp. Add-on apps are nice, but there are lots that I use on the iPhone that aren't available on Android (and vice-versa, of course; pick your poison). Goggle's policies on exposure of user data to the world, and no support after 18 months were the last of many straws making my decision to switch to the iPhone a no-brainer.
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