EFF: Verizon's new AppFlash launcher is "The First Horseman of the Privacy Apocalypse"
by Kaloyan C. / Mar 31, 2017, 4:38 AM
Verizon has announced its newest addition to its ever-growing roster of custom default Android applications today: AppFlash, an app launcher and search utility built into Verizon's smartphones, which the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the US' largest digital privacy advocate, calls 'spyware'.
The app reportedly tracks users' precise location, collects users' phone number and contact information, as well as the full list of installed apps on the user's device. The company, according to the EFF, intends to monetize customers' private data without user consent. Another problem AppFlash could pose is its potential for being exploited as an attack vector by hackers, who, according to the organization, will soon begin probing it for vulnerabilities.
The app itself is reportedly just a modified version of the already-existing Evie launcher, whose special search function is now separated into its own tab accessed by swiping left on the home screen. The app will start rolling out in the coming weeks for Verizon customers, but Evie Labs is reportedly looking into licensing the app to other carriers as well.
source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
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And so it begins.
posted on Mar 31, 2017, 4:45 AM 5
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It began a long time ago, with a nice little company called Google.
posted on Mar 31, 2017, 9:25 AM 1
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As long as there is choice, I don't see any issues. That's why there is competition and a free market.
posted on Mar 31, 2017, 5:20 AM 1
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Like you guys are VVips who are so bothered about privacy . Too much hulaboo over commoners privacy. No one cares .
posted on Mar 31, 2017, 5:27 AM 0
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Could someone please explain how this app just rolls out onto phones automatically? I've been using iOS and I can't imagine this app appearing on my newer iPhone (never have seen bloatware preinstalled now or in the past with Apple devices). Can it just be uninstalled right away?
posted on Apr 01, 2017, 12:08 AM 0
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