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In this screenshot, an Android user downloading the MyTracks app is informed of the data and resources the app has access to.
Google has just announced a new licensing service allowing Android developers to better protect their applications from unauthorized use.
[ Update: 8/24/10 @ 7:45 PM EST by Aaron ] Tim Bray responded to Justin's article, but seems to have misunderstood the goal.
At the end of July we reported on a new anti-piracy measure from Google that was aimed at cutting the number of pirate apps available for download outside of the Android Market. It appears that the new licensing service has been circumvented already, allowing a would-be application cracker to completely strip an app of any licensing protection, opening them up for unofficial distribution and pirating.
Google's Android operating system doesn't provide controls to adequately protect users' sensitive data, according to a study that found two-thirds of applications monitored used phone numbers, geolocation, and other information “suspiciously.” The study – by computer scientists at Pennsylvania State University, Duke University, and Intel Labs – randomly selected 30 of the most popular apps from Google's Android Market that access personal information and closely tracked how much of it they transmitted.