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<title>FSFE launches Campaign For A Free Android System</title>
<h1>FSFE launches Campaign For A Free Android System</h1>
Smartphones have a privacy problem.
This is one of the reasons why the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)
is launching its <a href="/activities/android/android.html">"Free Your Android!" campaign</a> today.
"Users deserve to have full control over their mobile devices",
says Torsten Grote, FSFE member and initiator of the campaign.
"If your phone runs Free Software, you're in charge.
If it runs proprietary software, you're handing control of your digital life to manufacturers and app developers."
<p> The lack of software freedom on smartphones and tablets is becoming
increasingly problematic. Many apps <a
href="">spy on their users without
their knowledge</a> (Carrier IQ) and <a
personal data such as address books on the iPhone</a>. Other devices are
completely locked down, prevent users from uninstalling certain apps, or just
do not receive updates.
"Free Your Android!" promotes versions of Android optimised for user control,
and an <a href="">alternative market that only provides
free-as-in-freedom apps</a>. It also invites people to contribute to
various initiatives and to identify essential apps that still have no free
<p> "The Android operating system may be mostly free, but many applications
are not", says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President. "Mobile devices contain
lots of data about our lives. With this campaign, we will not only build
awareness of how much privacy and freedom matter for smartphones and tablets,
we will also give users the means to make their own devices better." </p>
The Free Your Android campaign encourages people to get in touch with developers of useful proprietary apps.
Often these apps are distributed free of charge, but not under a free licence.
Responses and objections by developers are collected and <a href="">analysed in a wiki</a>.
Currently the FSF, and the German privacy organisation FoeBuD e.V.
are working with FSFE in an effort to improve the conditions for software freedom
and privacy in the mobile space.
FSFE is looking forward to other organisations joining the campaign.
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