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asked 2014-10-04 23:01:00 +0300

sifartech gravatar image

updated 2014-10-07 14:22:58 +0300

Hello from India! Got my new Jolla recently, and have been pretty impressed and happy with it so far. A great start by Jolla, and hope you do well in the future too.

Apart from some quirks which hopefully will be fixed, I've got one issue that really bugs me.

When I used the browser the first time, I had to accept its terms and condition. And one of the terms stated in it was that the browser would collect anonymous usage stat and send it to Jolla; but this could be disabled in browser settings.

I however cant find this option in browser setting. So how do I disable it?

The major reason I opted for Jolla was because it didnt run Android or other privacy invasive OS / browser. Hope I wasnt wrong ... Please advice.

I did a factory reset to take a screenshot of the browser terms, but it didn't appear again. The clause that caught my attention was very similar to the one included in the maps terms, specifically -

Improvements of service. The application will collect anonymous data during usage, including but not limited to GPS data and mobile connectivity. This information does not contain any unique identifiers to your device, the application or you personally. This information is used to increase the accuracy of the traffic related Service, the maps, the application and for creating related new services. The collection of anonymous data can be disabled from the settings menu in the application.

The above is a clause from the maps TOS, and the browser TOS had a very similar clause too - I remember because I got irritated when I saw it and only accepted the TOS because the clause mentioned that this could be disabled. And the first thing I did after accepting the TOS was to go to settings to disable it. (Again, this is the stock Jolla browser - it came pre-installed with the phone - and not some browser I installed from any store).

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What terms and service agreement are you talking about? I don't think the Sailfish browser has it's own terms agreement.

llornkcor ( 2014-10-05 02:42:33 +0300 )edit

The browser came installed with the phone. When I opened it for the first time, the terms and conditions was displayed. One of the terms is what I mentioned in the question. I remember it because I was looking for such terms, and the first thing I did after accepting it was to go to settings to disable any data collection and transfer.

Maybe they had to add the terms to comply with indian law and / or regulatory requirement?

sifartech ( 2014-10-05 22:34:04 +0300 )edit

@sifartech The software in Jolla phones sold in India is same as in the rest of the world, Jolla does not collect any data through the browser. Here is the initial screen of the browser: screenshot and after selecting the tabs-button I can start browsing without accepting any terms.

tigeli ( 2014-10-06 00:40:05 +0300 )edit

@tigeli The laws and regulations though are different in each country, and Jolla may have to modify the software and / or disclose more information to comply with it. Note this clause of the Jolla TOS - "Note that additional terms might apply to certain services (“Service-specific Terms”). In such cases you will be asked to approve the Service-specific Terms before you can use the service in question."

sifartech ( 2014-10-07 14:31:21 +0300 )edit

@sifartech: I doubt India requires Jolla to add a feature to the browser to collect data. Which it doesn't btw...

Philippe De Swert ( 2014-10-07 14:53:27 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-10-05 11:45:22 +0300

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updated 2014-10-05 15:24:49 +0300

Are you sure you installed the sailfish browser as it does not collect any data.

Did you by any chance agree to share your position with some website? As that would enable positioning and thus will make you accept the Here terms. This does collect a bit of data to improve the Here location database. This can be turned off in the positioning settings. GPS lock will be a lot slower as it will be unassisted (count 15min or more in a bad case)

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Have I miss update 9? Will GPS now working without accepting Here terms?

utkiek ( 2014-10-05 15:58:17 +0300 )edit

Yes, it is the stock browser of the OS - it came preinstalled with the phone. No, none of the sites I visited requested my location explicitly.

sifartech ( 2014-10-05 22:37:43 +0300 )edit

was the agreement shown on transparent (native Jolla glass/silica) background? or was it on a white background.. with a small button to accept the terms?

User ( 2014-10-06 04:29:20 +0300 )edit

I can't recall exactly, but I think it was on the Jolla transparent background. Will have to do a factory reset to check again. How can I backup my email and contacts before I do a reset?

sifartech ( 2014-10-06 08:38:22 +0300 )edit

@Philippe_De_Swert the release on your phone must be a future update as this feature is not here yet. And GPS almanac download may need 12minutes and depends on when in a period you start downloading - so 15min or more is if something bad happens like download gets interrupted (signal gets blocked) and additionally GLONASS is not working too, right?

chemist ( 2014-10-07 16:56:10 +0300 )edit

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