Latest Android update: Google removes privacy feature in 4.4.2 KitKat update

In their latest Android update of the KitKat OS, 4.4.2, Google has removed the enhanced privacy controls that had been introduced in the Android 4.3.

These privacy controls blocked applications to gather any sensitive data from a user while installation. Google says that this feature was introduced by accident. The component was called App Ops and shielded information from any new application.

It was also reported by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that just a day after the organization had posted on its website which applauded the privacy feature, the option had been removed on the Android 4.4.2 update released earlier this week.

It was told by Google to EFF that this feature was introduced by accident, claiming it was just an experimental component and could ultimately break apps policed by it.

EFF also stressed on the fact that if Google wants then it can easily remedy such issues. Fake info could be fed to the application and application developers could be told that the privacy control could disrupt their program to curb app permissions, despite all the easy fixes which can be implemented.

The digital rights group has urged Google to improvise this feature and implement it. Targeted controls can be implemented so that the users will have the ability to choose which apps will have access to sensitive data.

Google can also make App Ops workable for app developers too. EFF also states that currently Android users must choose between privacy and overall protection as the new update includes fixes for many denial-of-service bugs and other security updates too.
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