If you like rooting your Android device and using a custom ROM, then my readers should be familiar with CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod 10.2 (Android 4.3 only) is going to include new changes and improvements to the Privacy Guard app. The Privacy Guard app allows users to individually manage an apps access to your data and permissions. Users can control what data they share with their apps. Learn more
Privacy Guard will be updated to 2.0 and will integrate Android 4.3 App Ops. App Ops is a hidden app permission feature in Android 4.3 that was discovered in late August (see link below). App Ops allows users to disable app specific permissions after install. We’ve reviewed App Ops and believe you could utilize this hidden feature right now on stock Android. It’s also expected that Google will allow uses to manage app permissions on install, but this is still to be confirmed. For further information about App Ops.
CyanogenMod have taken the lead and will be integrating App Ops so that users can individually switch on/off permissions for location, reading contacts and call logs, reading calendar and SMS/MMS permissions. They are also adding a notifications feature (as well as a new ‘Advanced’ menu which will allow quick access to the native App Ops user interface) which will let users know when they are using an app that has permissions blocked that that it requires to run.
So if your app stops working, you can unblock each blocked permission to find the culprit. One nice feature is the quick reset button which in the event your Android device starts to play up you can disable Privacy Guard with just one click and return your device permissions back to default.
For further information visit: http://www.cyanogenmod.org/
Safe surfing folks!