I finally managed to get my contacts synchronised with my new Fairphone, which made me happy. And then I discovered that Skype had immediately sucked up the entire address book, hundreds and hundreds of phone numbers now irrevocably handed over to Microsoft, without ever asking my permission.
This makes me really angry, I honestly expected this information to be protected somehow. I know it says what permissions are being granted, but there’s no option to say “no” other than simply not install the app. What am I supposed to do, only install apps from developers I’m happy to see every aspect of my life? Because that’s precisely none of them.
Anyway. It seems the definitive solution is to install XPrivacy. But the page here https://github.com/M66B/XPrivacy is not much help. It links to the Xposed framework but there are no instructions on how to install it. I’ve now downloaded two separate apps, one called “Xposed Downloader” and one called “Xposed Installer”. The former downloads a file, but I don’t know what to do with it. The latter claims that “Xposed is not (yet) compatible with Android SDK version 22 or your processor architecture (armeabi-v7a).” And yet people do seem to be using it.
So is there some definitive step-by-step guide out there on how to get this all up and running on an FP2?
I sorta knew that the world had collectively given up on privacy, but I’m still shocked to see it in action like this. Perhaps a reasonably user-friendly guide to installing XPrivacy could go some way to changing people’s expectations.