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Compare the excerpt of truecaller’s privacy policy there with https://www.wileyfox.com/the-brand:

Unrivaled Privacy And Security:

Choose precisely the data you wish to share; protect apps with additional PINs; prevent spam with Truecaller Integrated Dialler.


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    This is precisely why I do not see myself wanting an Android phone any time soon. Apple’s ecosystem is a walled garden filled with proprietary black boxes, but they’re consistent proprietary black boxes, and you can be pretty sure this kind of switcheroo won’t happen.

    [Note - because people tend to take statements like the above as attacks on their platform - please don’t. It’s an expression of my personal preference.]

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      This is pretty gross to drop on your users. Truecaller is cool if people know they’re opting in, and have a plain dialer available, but not as the stock system app, especially switched in during an update.

      Also if spam call blocking is enabled by default, TC’s users are very passionate with spam flags and in my experience have caused things like bank anti-fraud checks to be blocked.

      They said users get 90 days of “pro” for free, then presumably the ads come back on, and Truecaller is extra annoying because it has “draw on top” permission and doesn’t only have ads inside the app, or in notifications, but puts them in a popup window over your other stuff.

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        this seems like nothing more than a thinly-veiled advert for a UK phone carrier that sells devices with an AOSP-based ROM installed. (they are still calling it CyanogenMod, which makes me think it is a very out-of-date one, too)

        don’t get me wrong - I constantly advocate and help friends and family get up and running with AOSP ROMs for their devices. it is the least that can be done to protect people anymore, but I’m not sure this is appropriate content.

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          Does it? I think you’ve misinterpreted the post. Initially, WileyFox is not a UK carrier - it’s a budget handset builder. In the UK we tend to have phones that are unlockable / unlocked from the start, so it’s quite common to buy your phone and your contract separately, and have the handset manufacturer handle OTA updates, rather than the telco.

          And while there is some general praise for the company, the article itself is quite damning of how WF have managed this latest update - primarily in that they’ve started bundling software in an affiliate scheme in their latest OTA update to use a 3rd party dialer that has a number of privacy implications, without the consent of the author or even informing him.

          This has made the author (rightly) quite unhappy, and while they’re not clear on the legal status, wonders about the legality of pulling the rug out from under consumers like this, dropping a new affiliate app on (presumably making WF money) that has a policy unaligned with his own, that they cannot opt out from, decline, or remove.