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Feature #1903

Issue #1827: Privacy issue with phone number lookup priovider. Was: WhitePagesPeopleLookup privacy leaks?

Implement a lookup settings reset when Dialer app is first run

Added by Fil Bergamo 7 months ago. Updated 3 months ago.

Status:
New
Priority:
Normal
Category:
Upstream antifeatures and privacy issues
Target version:
Start date:
12/31/2018
Due date:
% Done:

0%

Estimated time:
16.00 h (Total: 24.00 h)
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Description

This is related to issue #1827, that is solved in the new release of Replicant 6.0.
To solve the issue in already-installed environments, the Dialer app should be patched to do the following when it is run for the first time after a system upgrade:

- Reset all settings regarding lookup anti-features to "Disabled"
- Keep track of the one-time-change in the shared settings SQLite database
- Leave settings unchanged during subsequent runs, to allow users to adjust them as they wish.


Subtasks

Feature #1904: Write a paragraph in the 4th release blog post about phone number lookup anti-featuresNewDenis 'GNUtoo' Carikli

History

#1 Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli 4 months ago

  • Target version changed from Replicant 6.0 0005 to Replicant 6.0 0004

#2 Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli 4 months ago

Hi,

I've been thinking about it, and I think it makes more sense not to support this anti-feature.

Most users are most probably not willing to give potentially very private information to the companies operating the phone lookup services, just to get a precise indication of where the phone number is located.

I think it would make more sense to disable that feature completely.

If some users really want it back, we could then try to think about which requirements (like not violating users's privacy) we should require in to accept a patch that can restore the feature.

Denis.

#3 Updated by Fil Bergamo 4 months ago

Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli wrote:

Hi,

I've been thinking about it, and I think it makes more sense not to support this anti-feature.

Most users are most probably not willing to give potentially very private information to the companies operating the phone lookup services, just to get a precise indication of where the phone number is located.

Well, it makes sense to me too, personally. And it would also be much easier for me to just remove the anti-feature completely, compared to implementing a reset of the default settings.

Some users may still want to be able to use those services, though; I don't like the idea of cutting it off completely.

Also, consider that by resetting the default options to "off", the anti-feature would only be restored by an explicit action performed by the user in the dialer's settings GUI.
I think it is safe enough to just disable the option by default and let users chose to enable it explicitly if they wish so. This would both guarantee users' privacy and keep the opportunity to enable the service if any user wants it, without the need of an additional patch to bring it back in the future.
For a more complete solution, it's also possible to implement a graphical warning explaining the implied privacy concerns when the user tries to enable the anti-features.

#4 Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli 3 months ago

  • Assignee changed from Fil Bergamo to Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli

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