Disconnect Mobile

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Disconnect Mobile (also known as Disconnect.me) is an open source[1] Android and iPhone application developed by Brian Kennish and Casey Oppenheim,[2] designed to stop non-consensual third party trackers on those platforms,[3] and providing private web search and private web browsing solutions.[4] As of 2015, Disconnect-Search is the default search engine of the security-focused Tor Browser.[5]

Electronic Frontier Foundation compared this app to its own Privacy Badger browser plugin.[3]

The app was banned from the Google Play Store five days after its release in late August 2014. Google cited a violation of its Terms of Service which prohibit developers from using its store "to distribute apps that interfere with or disrupt the services of any third party".[3][6] This, however, attracted criticism from parties such as EFF (and Disconnect itself) which saw this app as privacy-friendly, and argue that Google's motivations are primarily based on the fact that this app interferes with ad-based revenue models of numerous companies, including Google itself.[3][7][8][9] The app was restored to the Google Play Store two weeks after its initial banning,[10] before being banned for a second time overnight.[11]

In June 2015, Disconnect filed an antitrust complaint against Google.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ Disconnect. "Online Privacy & Security". 
  2. ^ Disconnect. "Disconnect". Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Blocking Consumer Choice: Google's Dangerous Ban of Privacy and Security App". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  4. ^ Disconnect. "Online Privacy & Security". 
  5. ^ "#14490 (Make Disconnect Search the default search engine for Tor Browser alpha) – Tor Bug Tracker & Wiki". 
  6. ^ Google Bans Disconnect.me App From Play Store Based On Vague Guidelines
  7. ^ "Google Banishes Disconnect Mobile App For Interfering with Its Lucrative Business : News : Headlines & Global News". hngn.com. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  8. ^ "Why Google Banned Connect Mobile - Business Insider". businessinsider.com. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  9. ^ "Why Some Privacy Apps Get Blocked From the Android Play Store - Digits - WSJ". blogs.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  10. ^ "Disconnect Mobile Returns To The Play Store Two Weeks After Google Ban". 2014-09-08. 
  11. ^ "Disconnect Mobile yanked again from Google Play". 2014-09-09. 
  12. ^ "Disconnect.Me Files Antitrust Case Against Google In Europe Over Banned Anti-Malware Android App". 2015-06-02. 

External links

  • Official website
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