Through a open letter published in Privacy International_, a total of 53 different organizations have asked Google to put a ** solution against the problem of that has affected the operating system for years.
And, according to the letter, addressed to Sundar Pichai himself, some of Google's partners “are manufacturing devices that bring pre-installed apps that cannot be removed, something that can expose users to their data being collected , shared and exposed without your knowledge or consent ”.
This, added to the fact that apps pre-installed by manufacturers have privileged permissions being integrated into the device's system partition, they make the device carry potential dangers for Android device users.
The letter calls for several “urgent” changes
Beyond indicating some of the risks that the existence of On Android devices, the menu also includes some measures considered necessary, which should be applied urgently according to the organizations that have signed the letter, including some such as DuckDuckGo, Amnesty International or The Tor Project.
The proposed measures are as follows:
- People should be able to permanently uninstall apps from their phones. This should include all background services that continue to run even though the applications have been disabled.
- Pre-installed apps should have the same level of control as Play Store apps, especially regarding custom permissions.
- Pre-installed applications should have some mechanism to update them, preferably through the Play Store and without the need for a user account.
- Google should refuse to certify a device for privacy reasons if manufacturers or merchants have tried to exploit users in this way.
Seeing as bloatware has been the source of a good number of malware cases within the Android ecosystem over the years, it is no wonder that Google is asked to take action in this regard to limit the freedom of manufacturers in this regard, at the cost of greater security for users.