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EFF Misguidedly Chastises Google for Further Hiding App Ops

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Back in Android 4.3, a new tool was discovered that for the first time gave users first party granular permissions control for their installed apps. This was, of course, App Ops. As time went on, many users quickly took a liking to the hidden feature, not realizing that the feature was only accessible in the OS for internal debugging purposes. Rather, many took it to mean that Google was looking to bring granular permissions control to the masses. But then, Android 4.4.2 came. Along with the update’s various security upgrades, 4.4.2 also made it more difficult to access the (already hidden) utility.

A few days ago, the EFF publicly chastised Google for “removing” App Ops from Android 4.4.2.. . . READ ON »

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Meet ACTA, the Global Threat

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ACTA, Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is another bill which tramples all over your civil liberties. The Internet is having a hard time fighting off bills that threaten creativity, like PIPA and SOPA, but now something far worse has come to play.

In October 2007, the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan decided to branch together and negotiate a bill to tackle intellectual property and copyright infringement. Yesterday, all 21 states of the EU, including the UK, signed onto ACTA. As of October 1st 2011, 8 out of 11 countries had signed on, including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.

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Exemption Legalizing Rooting And Jailbreaking Will Expire, Let’s Petition To Renew It!

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In 2010, the US Copyright Office added an exemption to the DMCA, which fully legalized rooting, jailbreaking, unlocking and whatever else you do with your smartphone that is not intended by their manufacturers. While that was certainly good for modders and hackers, of which there are plenty in our forums, exemptions only last for three years and therefore must be renewed before they expire. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is now petitioning to do exactly that.

Before you get too upset over this, it’s worth pointing out that rooting and jailbreaking will not immediately become illegal should the exemption really expire. Instead, such activities would fall in a gray area, as The Verge notes, . . . READ ON »

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EFF Releases IQIQ to Decode Carrier IQ Profiles

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hard at work on the Carrier IQ issue.  EFF volunteer Jered Wierzbicki reverse-engineered the Carrier IQ Profile file format from WBXML to human-readable XML.  (A Profile is a set of instructions telling IQ Agent on your phone what information to collect, and when to send it back to Carrier IQ.)

He then created IQIQ–a clever title, providing a watching-the-Watchmen sort of commentary–to allow anyone to decode the Carrier IQ Profile active on their phone.  The EFF hopes to create a Carrier IQ Profile database to force transparency when it comes to information collected from mobile devices.

In order to get the Profile from your phone, you need root, a. . . READ ON »

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