by Karl Denninger, Market-Ticker:
Google Tuesday removed a smartphone app called “Disconnect Mobile” from its Android Play store because it violated a policy prohibiting software that interferes with other apps.
Interference was precisely the point of Disconnect Mobile, a privacy tool aimed at stopping other apps from collecting data on users. In the six days it was available in Google’s store, it was downloaded more than 5,000 times.
Google has long refused to allow “ad blocker” programs on the Play Store; you have to sideload them. Most of them also require a rooted phone, since one of the easiest ways to implement ad-blocking is to put in private “routes” for the IP addresses of the ad servers that go nowhere. That means inserting entries in the “hosts” file, and that file can only be written with privileges.
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