CyanogenMod founder wants to help protect your data with incognito mode for Android

by: Robert TriggsJune 12, 2013


In light of the recent NSA data spying scandal, it’d be remiss if I didn’t bring you this news. CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik has announced on Google+ that he’s working on a new “Run in Incognito Mode” feature for Android.

The function will act as a master controller for all your personal data, denying apps of your choosing access to it when Incognito mode is on. If an app attempts to access data while in Incognito, then it will simply get an empty list for contacts, calendar, browser history, and messages, keeping your information hidden from prying eyes.

On top of that, GPS will appear to always be disabled to the application, so it won’t be able to request your location information unless you want it to. But if you ever need to quickly switch to “normal” mode, you can easily do so via a quick panel item which is displayed when an app is put in Incognito mode.

The feature won’t be providing any ad-blocking or device information spoofing; it is solely intended to help protect your personal data. Unfortunately for those concerned about their privacy though, no release date has been given to this project as of yet.

  • Dtect

    Excellent step forward.
    I don’t really see Google adopting much from this plan – it’d sure be shocking if they did.


      Larry Page stated at I/O that Google are interested in doing such a thing though, so you never know.

  • Ruzveh

    yea congo

  • DiGrifter

    Sounds like LBE Privacy Guard.

    • android underground

      LBE can do much more, like stopping apps from phoning out on their own or sending texts by themselves. It also spoofs your Android device ID, something CM probably won’t do ‘cos they use it for their own stats.

  • Very good, especially with all the spyware the Play Store has.

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