Savvy Android users who are not in love with the idea of the NSA collecting their phone records will soon be able to use their devices to browse the Internet beyond the reach of the government's spying eyes.
CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik recently announced that he's developing a new feature that will block access to personal data on an Android device. The feature, called “Run in Incognito Mode,” will serve as a control center for users to manage which apps are allowed to access their personal information.
When enabled, incognito mode will cause your contacts, calendar, browser history and messages to appear empty in the event that an app, person or government agency attempts to access your personal data. In addition, incognito mode causes users' GPS to appear disabled if an app attempts to access your location. Users can easily switch back to “normal” mode to use location services or any other function that requires an app to access personal information.
Kondik notes that the feature will not include ad blocking or device info (IMEI) spoofing as it's simply intended to help users protect their personal data. Currently, there is no release data for this feature. Those interested should keep up with Kondik on Google + for updates.
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.