Slight hyperbole: “Dear Purism, I sure love the concept of your detox center. But I could convince more of my friends to book rooms if you could add some meth dispensers, for convenience.”
Are you aware that Purism tries to set you free from the stuff you’re trying to convince us is “important for usability”?
WA is not “everyone’s favorite messenger”. It is the messenger “everybody has to have” in order to be part and not miss anything that’s going on. It is petty much “the tyrant messenger”.
Sooner or later, we’ll have proprietary Android apps on the Librem. But as that is a disservice to the mission of Purism, you can’t expect them to make that a priority. If you insist, you’re not the target audience.
You seem to assume that your privacy greatly improves by ditching Android, but keeping sandboxed WA. I think that’s wrong. First, I think FB is worse than Google, but second, sandboxing gains you almost nothing, except that they can’t read your files, unless you add an exception to pick photos, at which point your sandbox is merely a theoretical construct.
Yes, you could limit access to the phonebook, and I’d thank you for that, as then FB does not know that you know me and my phone number and when you last called me.
But most people would not disable that or, if it was by default, curse the **** thing for not automatically finding new friends, and frustratedly go back to Android.
But even with proper sandboxing, they would still profile you. Where you are, when you’re online, whom you talk to, what links you follow, and connect that info to all other websites you visited that have FB buttons embedded, by fingerprinting, no matter how well you think you block everything, including cookies.
And of course, they read all your messages. Potentially even the encrypted ones.
“But Facebook would never do that!”
Sure. They would also never store your password in plain, ask your email account pw and fetch all your mail contacts or sell all your info to third parties. Oh, wait …
WA has been hacked. What’s the point?
A lot like in 3, 30, 300? As in severely? As in recently? As in “it took them years to fix it”?
The amount of discovered vulnerabilities is much less significant than how it was handled, and if there’s a trend indicating the numbers go down.