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The trouble with Android 'forks': Experts fear security, privacy breaches

The CCI has ordered Google to allow Android forks, but many believe that this may make the software vulnerable to security risks

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Forking in open-source software development refers to importing a copy of source code from one software package

Sourabh Lele
With the Supreme Court denying any interim relief to Google in complying with the orders of the Competition Commission of India (CCI), which include allowing devices based on Android “forks” along with apps compatible with it, many are wondering what this will mean for the tech giant.
 
Google has said in a statement that it will cooperate with the CCI on the way forward, in parallel with its appeal. One of its concerns is on forking and the resultant security threats.
 
Forking in open-source software development refers to importing a copy of source code from one software package

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First Published: Jan 22 2023 | 7:13 PM IST

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