Google removed the experimental privacy tool for Android software, a feature that allowed users to prevent applications collect personal information such as phonebook data and mobile locations.
The change means that those with Smartphones using Android 4.4.2 , the version of the operating system ‘s most popular mobile devices in the world presented this week , should provide access to your personal information to use certain applications.
A spokesman for the company said the tool had been included by accident in Android 4.3, the version released last summer, Reuters reported.
“We suspect this explanation and we do not in any way justify the fact of removing the property rather than better,” said Peter Eckersley, technology projects director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The website of the digital rights organization was the first to publish the change through a blog on Friday.
Android users who want to maintain privacy controls without upgrading your OS to version 4.4.2 may be vulnerable to security risks, Eckersley said.
“For now, users will have to choose between privacy and security of Android devices, but not both,” he said.
Many third-party applications for Android devices, such as music identification service Shazam and popular flashlight apps for Smartphones, require access to personal information that does not always have an obvious connection with the functionality of the tool, such as call data and locations.
Privacy became an increasingly important issue as smart phones, which are loaded with personal information of users, become the primary computing device for many of them.