OS-maker Cyanogen has partnered with Truecaller to make the caller ID and blocking service app as its default native dialer app. The platform will roll out this integration in future OTA updates for OnePlus One and YUREKA users, as well as integrate it in future smartphones that come preloaded with Cyanogen OS. The feature will also be integrated in upcoming versions of the OS and will be available for all users across the globe. Cyanogen mentions that users will be able to uninstall the app if they do not want to use it. Interestingly, according to this VentureBeat report, the OS will first confirm if the user wants to integrate Truecaller before activating the feature, which is strictly opt-in. This is essential, as Truecaller collects data including contact details in the user's phonebook, the user’s profile info and email address by default. Note that there are significant privacy issues around Truecaller, since users who have your number are essentially giving away your contact details for anyone to look up from its online directory. While there is an option for users to unlist their numbers, we are unsure about how many people are actually aware that their number is already shared on the service and then go about unlisting their number on the service. There is also the case when co-founder of truecaller Alan Mamedi had said in December 2012 that it would be all but impossible for someone to access their (Truecaller) servers to get the information. “When it comes to security I cannot…
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