A new feature could be coming to CynaogenMod in the near future that strengthens personal privacy with a single checkbox. It's called Run in Incognito Mode, and it's being developed by Cyanogen himself, Steve Kondik. It's a simple feature that could change how comfortable you are with your apps.

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Run in Incognito Mode will essentially let users run apps with a restricted data set. When the option is toggled in the App Info panel, the system will return empty data lists to the incognito app. It will also hide your geographic location. Kondik detailed the features he's currently working on, and it sounds great:

  • Return empty lists for contacts, calendar, browser history, and messages.
  • GPS will appear to always be disabled to the running application.
  • When an app is running incognito, a quick panel item is displayed in order to turn it off easily.
  • No fine-grained permissions controls as you saw in CM7. It's a single option available under application details.

This is enabled on a per app basis, so you don't have to sacrifice the functionality of your device just for peace of mind. Kondik also points out Incognito Mode is not going to block ads or spoof IMEI numbers. It's only for keeping your personal data private. One caveat, an app running with root access can still do whatever it wants.