Google to give privacy back to users Android 'M'

8 May 2015

android_logo Google are ushering in a thing called 'M', which looks like it'll be bringing Android in line with Apple's iOS user privacy. It seems that Google want to give users back the control when it comes to controlling their own data in apps.

Android is going to let users control personal data like phone numbers, names, location, and addresses, and how apps access it.

Users have been irked at the fact that, when installing apps, permission requests give users the choice to either accept all permissions or not install the app at all. This isn't an ideal scenario for those who want to be more careful with the information they give out.

Only those with third-party customised versions of Android could control their permissions. At developer conferences at Google I/O, it looks like that is all about to change, with a lot of the talk being about user permissions, which look key to Android M. Now, the system will look to protect users from permission-request overload, and to create a culture where users refrain from blindly agreeing to permission requests without reading what they are actually agreeing to.

A nice idea, but will people really start wanting to read the small print?

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy   Mobile

2 comments

  • Ilya G.
    Rubbish! Google cannot exist without spying, Google technology is established on it. However, the Era of Absolute Privacy is coming! No need in cookies or browsing history anymore. I discovered and patented how to structure any data: Language has its own Internal parsing, indexing and statistics. For instance, there are two sentences: a) ‘Fire!’ b) ‘Dismay and anguish were depicted on every countenance; the males turned pale, and the females fainted; Mr. Snodgrass and Mr. Winkle grasped each other by the hand, and gazed at the spot where their leader had gone down, with frenzied eagerness; while Mr. Tupman, by way of rendering the promptest assistance, and at the same time conveying to any persons who might be within hearing, the clearest possible notion of the catastrophe, ran off across the country at his utmost speed, screaming ‘Fire!’ with all his might.’ Evidently, that the phrase ‘Fire!’ has different importance into both sentences, in regard to extra information in both. This distinction is reflected as the phrase weights: the first has 1, the second – 0.02; the greater weight signifies stronger emotional ‘acuteness’. First you need to parse obtaining phrases from clauses, for sentences and paragraphs. Next, you calculate Internal statistics, weights; where the weight refers to the frequency that a phrase occurs in relation to other phrases. After that data is indexed by common dictionary, like Webster, and annotated by subtexts. This is a small sample of the structured data: this - signify - : 333333 both - are - once : 333333 confusion - signify - : 333321 speaking - done - once : 333112 speaking - was - both : 333109 place - is - in : 250000 To see the validity of technology - pick up any sentence. Do you have a pencil? All other technologies depend on spying, on quires, on SQL, all of them, finding statistics. See IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo? Apache Hadoop and NoSQL? My technology is the only one that obtains statistics from texts themselves. Google spies after queries, this is all technology that Google has. Being structured information will search for users based on their profiles of structured data. Each and every user can get only specifically tailored for him information: there is no any privacy issue, nobody ever will know what the user got and read. My technology exploits the Laws of Nature, which determine the inner construction of all Languages: I came from Analytic Philosophy, from Internal Relations Theory.
  • dvdgremlin
    There is lots wrong with Android. Permission access is one thing. Google sshite and manufacturer ssshite is another. It takes up your phone with things that you don't want to use, ever. Google location mapping too. Yes, you can switch it off but you cannot uninstall it and lo and behold switched off apps have a habit of somehow starting again, don't they ?

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