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Comment grass "roots" effort to stop this (Score 1) 198

I think if consumers were aware they had more options, this wouldn't happen. I would like to see some consumer friendly web sites that let people know what options are available for each model phone and carrier in terms of controlling apps and bloat. I find it very frustrating Verizon has a bunch of stuff bundled on my phone that I can't un-install, but I'm not sure what my options are if I want to take matters into my own hands?

Comment I would, if.... (Score 1) 151

... if it was easy to un-brick a phone be resetting it to factory settings; I'd be much more eager to do so.

Ideally, in my mind, it'd work just like a PC --- where I could make a backup image of the Factory Disk Image (just in case); and then install whatever I want on it; knowing that it wouldn't be hard to boot from an external device and restore the factory image.

Anyone know of such a phone --- and that'll be the next one I'd buy.

Comment Re:Bad permission naming (Score 1) 109

>And privacy is already hard enough without naming permissions "full account access" when it does not include full access to an account, rather than to a certain subset of the account.

Assuming "full access" means "all access" is not a mistake.

It's probably a good idea to assume the worst in situations like this.

The fact that "full" wasn't "all" and people assumed otherwise, may result in better protection of peoples privacy and personal information.

Comment Re:What is this? (Score 1) 109

There's more substance to the article than there is inaccuracy. It may be true that the app doesn't have access to a person's gmail account, but the privacy policy makes it clear users should have no actual sense of "privacy" for the data that is collected:

“We may disclose any information about you (or your authorized child) that is in our possession or control to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate”

On top of that all versions of the app request access to a person's contact database, which does contain a tremendous amount of information that is totally not relevant to game play, including e-mail addresses of everybody in a person's contact database. In this manner, even if you don't play the game, if someone does who has your personal info in their contact list, then your privacy has been compromised as well.

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