As you may have seen, #Apple is about to start scanning files on #iPhones for illegal material (not just in #iCloud but on your phone). At the same time, univ. researchers who developed a similar scanning system are warning against its use:
Tl:dr - it's way, way too easy to swap out what is being scanned for, this particular slope is far too slippery. Once you search for one thing, it's trivial to scan for pretty much anything else.
So, what's the alternative?
Google Android is even worse for privacy, as it's controlled by Google whose entire business model is built around invading privacy.
However, there are many projects right here on the Fediverse attempting to create more privacy-friendly alternatives. It would be great if we could support them.
Here's a short thread going through some of the ones you can follow:
➡️ @e_mydata - Develops a downloadable de-googlised version of Android, and sells de-googlised Android smartphones
➡️ @fdroidorg - FOSS alternative to Google Play, privacy-friendly app store for Android phones
➡️ @microg - Developing free open source alternatives to Google's proprietary Android services, allows freer versions of Android to be made
➡️ @mobian - Mobile version of Debian Linux
➡️ @postmarketOS - Mobile version of Alpine Linux
➡️ @ubports - Mobile version of Ubuntu Linux
Probably the easiest option right now is buying a PinePhone or an /e/ degooglised phone, as they have their OSes preinstalled.
However, all these projects deserve support so that alternative phones can become as functional and as easy to use as possible.
p.s. To be clear, the most "ready for prime time" alternative to Apple and Google is probably a preinstalled /e/ phone from @e_mydata, which is Android with the Google stuff removed.
It works straight out of the box, it's available in many countries and there's a wide range of apps for it.
(If you already have an Android phone, it can also be self-installed.)
The Fediverse has good vids about /e/ phones:
Quoting from https://blog.mobian-project.org/posts/2021/02/18/what_is_mobian/ : "We would not be where we are without the Debian ecosystem or Purism and their pioneering efforts to make Linux usable on phones."
Not sure how much more limited it is than anything else? AOSP is open source
You can change/implement anything you want, given sufficient resources
You get the advantage of having an upstream project with a great big load of development resources focused on providing a great smartphone experience & cutting edge security
There's an Easy Installer app for /e/ which lets you install the OS through a graphical interface by plugging it into your PC.
Unfortunately it only supports a limited range of devices right now (Fairphone 3, Samsungs and a few others):
OnePlus isn't on there at moment...
Sorry to hear that happened :( Hope you can find some way to fix it?
Yeah, self-installing an unofficial OS on a phone seems to be really unpredictable and difficult compared to installing it on a computer :/
That's why option of buying preinstalled phones is so important, hopefully other companies start offering it too.
Another option for Europeans (doesn't ship to the States akaik) looking for a preinstalled private OS on a phone is @iode ! They also have the option to just dl the OS on your own phone if it supports the model. I think the biggest problem w it is that it's not open source (or partially closed source)
This guy was provided one for a review and it looks like an easy privacy option for peopke, like /e/!
Linux phones aren't usable yet for daily use. Your best bet is probably to go for a degoogled android. I've been using CalyxOS for the past week or so and I can say it has been buttery smooth and completely usable. I would highly recommend checking it out: calyxos.org
@FediFollows thanks for sharing...I've been putting off gadget overhaul for alternative of choice that respects leaving end-to-end encryption unmolested as well as user choice of open source tech. You know it's past midnight hour when Apple belly's up on user security.
@FediFollows How about we just don't scan content that is e2e encrypted? If its not e2e encrypted then feel free to scan it, I just won't use it if its not e2e.
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