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People shouldn't have to trade their privacy and security for access to a smartphone.

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Do you think someone who buys a cheap smartphone deserves less privacy than someone who can afford the latest iPhone? No? Then join us in pressuring Google to ensure every Android phone protects their users equally.

Dear Google,

People shouldn't have to trade their privacy and security for access to a smartphone. The changes we believe are needed most urgently are as follows:

  • Individuals should be able to permanently uninstall pre-installed apps on their phones. This should include any related background services that continue to run even if the apps are disabled.

  • Pre-installed apps should adhere to the same scrutiny as Google Play apps, especially in relation to custom permissions.

  • Pre-installed apps should have some update mechanism, preferably through Google Play and without a user account.

  • Where manufacturers or vendors have attempted to exploit users in this way, Google should refuse to certify the device on privacy grounds.