Posted Jun 3, 2011 14:14 UTC (Fri) by PhracturedBlue (subscriber, #4193)
Parent article: Phones and permissions
I won't comment on the IMEI specifically, but the general question of what the App owners are 'owed' seems to be the same question as what a web-page owner is 'owed'. Are they owed the right to display ads on my computer in exchange for the content? There are tools like ABP to stop displaying ads on web-pages, and while they are somewhat controversial, they are heavily owned. If I decide it is ok by my beliefs to use ABP, then I'm likely to feel that I should be able to do the same thing on my phone (and that would go for all personal info). I'm not sure how it fits into CyanogenMod specifically though. Firefox doesn't provide ad-blocking, I need a 3rd party plugin for that. I don't begrudge CyanogenMod the same decision, but it would be nice if we could get the same functionality from a 3rd-party source.