Search engine heavyweight Google has reportedly said that it has obliterated an experimental privacy attribute from its Android OS that enable customers to halt the working of apps from acquiring personal data such as address log data and a subscriber’s position.
The variation means that the owners of smartphones working on Android 4.4.2 must offer reach to their confidential documents in order to utilize specific apps.
An official from Google specifies the feature had been loaded accidentally on Android 4.3, the version which was unveiled in 2012.
Meanwhile, Peter Eckersley, technology PD at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, suggested that the aforesaid justification was suspicious.
“[We] are not sure that the recent explanation of discarding the feature rather than enhancing it is convincing,” he wrote in a blog post.
Android subscribers who desire to carry on with the privacy supervision without moving to Android 4.4.2 could be an easy prey to security breaches, Eckersley added.
“At this instant, customers will require to select either privacy or security while working on their Android devices, but not both at the same time.”
A plethora of third-party apps developers for Android devices need disclosure of private documents that does not every time have an certain relation to the app’s working, like phone call data and location information.
The privacy attribute lets a consumer to chose and select which confidential information data a third-party app can acquire. Customers had to deploy third-party Apps Ops Launcher suite to get access to the secret privacy controls.