from the bring-it-back! dept
Thus, it's really unfortunate that Google so quickly removed such a great feature. Google claims the feature was "released by accident." You could see how some app developers might be upset about such a feature, but hopefully not the good ones. If anything, this will drive app developers to be much more protective and careful both in how they design their apps and in how they explain the need for data access to users. As Eckersley notes, the right thing for Google to do here is to re-enable this feature. The fact that it released it, shows that they've actually been working on it and have the code. Hopefully, the true story for why it was removed was merely that the code wasn't quite ready, and that the code will be returned in the near future. In the meantime, however, those who jailbreak or root their device can get the same functionality -- but hopefully it will become standard on Android before too long.