there’s such a cute technology for android, called privacy guard. it’s developed by cyanogenmod team, and is able to limit application behavior at runtime. privacy guard

there are similar technologies for gnu/linux, for example this is how to run skype with apparmor.

what’s interesting, is how different apps behave. viber periodically asks to access the camera. skype doesn’t, it’s proprietary, but it tries to behave decently.

viber asks for camera access

what is also interesting, is that we have a proof that viber reads call log, while at the viber site it is stated that viber requests that permission but does not use.

read call log

inactive permission

#viber #proprietary-software #software #android #privacy-guard #cyanogenmod #skype #apparmor #surveillance #freedom

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Probably, my main problem with many saas services, including facebook, is that they quietly substitute ideas of technology with exact services. The verb “to google” is a perfect example, because we all know that web search is not limited to google.

Companies like facebook and twitter avoid using standard technologies, so that people think of services provided by company, forgetting that Internet is a network, and it’s about technologies, not companies. It’s a space where anyone can create a service, by using common underlying and free for all technologies.

That’s why saas avoids usage of rss, for example. That’s why there is a question “what’s your name on skype?” instead of “what’s your chat id?”, as we do with email.

#Internet #saas #web #facebook #technology #rss #email #smtp #jabber #xmpp #google #search #twitter #technologies #service #skype #chat #email #decentralization #freedom

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