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European Foundation Says Android Impinges on Freedom and Privacy

Mar 07, 2012, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Dean)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"According to the Free Software Foundation Europe, the Android mobile OS and applications for it impinge on personal freedoms, and something needs to be done about this state of affairs. The foundation is encouraging community members to adopt numerous applications and services that it sees as preserving freedom, and encouraging developers to take Android alternatives to the next level. Here are the details.

"According to the foundation's Free Your Android! page, there are ways that Android users can regain control of lost freedoms:

"'Android is a mostly free operating system mainly developed by Google. Unfortunately, the drivers for most devices and most applications from the 'market' are not free (as in free speech, not free beer). They frequently work against the interest of the users, spy on them and sometimes can not even be removed. This campaign can help you to regain control of your Android device and your data. It collects information about running an Android system as free as possible and tries to coordinate the efforts in this area.'"

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