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CyanogenMod founder wants to help protect your data with incognito mode for Android

by On June 12, 2013
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In light of the recent NSA data spying scandal, it’d be remiss if I didn’t bring you this news. CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik has announced on Google+ that he’s working on a new “Run in Incognito Mode” feature for Android.

The function will act as a master controller for all your personal data, only allowing access to it to the apps which you have specially granted permissions to. If an app attempts to access data which you haven’t given it access to, then it will simply return an empty list for contacts, calendar, browser history, and messages, keeping your information hidden from prying eyes.

On top of that, GPS will appear to always be disabled to the running application, so it won’t be able to request your location information unless you want it to. But if you ever need to quickly change permissions for an app then you can easily do so via a quick panel item which is displayed when an app is running incognito.

The feature won’t be providing any ad-blocking or device information spoofing; it is solely intended to help protect your personal data. Unfortunately for those concerned about their privacy though, no release date has been given to this project as of yet.

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Via: Android Authority

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