Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Jul 2013 22:02 UTC
Google "In June of 2013, I made an interesting discovery about the Android phone (a Motorola Droid X2) which I was using at the time: it was silently sending a considerable amount of sensitive information to Motorola, and to compound the problem, a great deal of it was over an unencrypted HTTP channel."
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Use custom ROMs...
by looncraz on Mon 1st Jul 2013 22:30 UTC
looncraz
Member since:
2005-07-24

I always use a custom ROM for this very reason.

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RE: Use custom ROMs...
by BushLin on Mon 1st Jul 2013 23:40 in reply to "Use custom ROMs..."
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

When I ran wireshark on Cyanogenmod 7.2 it came up clean (i.e. no dodgy connections home or to Google).

However last time I checked... Linux Mint's update application stupidly leaks tracking information to google by loading a web page to check you're online on a regular basis.

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RE: Use custom ROMs...
by Luminair on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 03:46 in reply to "Use custom ROMs..."
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

or applications that are secure from the OS. IMO this should be standard operating procedure, but we're lazy and take what we can get.

ios would be fine if your email app was good AND open source

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RE: Use custom ROMs...
by twitterfire on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 12:57 in reply to "Use custom ROMs..."
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

Damn! US government should demand snooping to be implemented at hardware level.

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RE[2]: Use custom ROMs...
by CapEnt on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 16:08 in reply to "RE: Use custom ROMs..."
CapEnt Member since:
2005-12-18

It will be done, eventually. The Trusted Computing Group are doing his best to make this a reality for everybody.

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RE[2]: Use custom ROMs...
by cmost on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 23:54 in reply to "RE: Use custom ROMs..."
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

Damn! US government should demand snooping to be implemented at hardware level.


No, then that would affect countries whose citizens actually have rights.

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RE: Use custom ROMs...
by twitterfire on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 20:58 in reply to "Use custom ROMs..."
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

I always use a custom ROM for this very reason.


People who are not using OSs made by trusted companies and integrated by OEMs are either pirates either terrorists.

You can install a dangerous OS or dangerously modified version of a trusted OS to circumvent DRM schemes and unlawfully download pirated music, films, games and software.

You can also install such an OS if you have something to hide. In that case, you're most probably a terrorist.

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RE[2]: Use custom ROMs...
by BushLin on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 23:00 in reply to "RE: Use custom ROMs..."
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

I use a custom rom to avoid being tracked by Google, does that make me a terrorist?

... just a bit paranoid?

... or as recent news stories have proved, right on the money?

... OR could you not hear any of that from up there on that horse of yours?

But you're right about a custom ROM having potentially more danger than a commercial one, if that's a point you were trying to make.
The point is not to inherently trust any software unless you've checked what it's up to.

Edited 2013-07-02 23:03 UTC

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