[quote]Smartphone users can do “very little” to stop security services getting “total control” over their devices…
Mr Snowden said GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending it an encrypted text message and use it for such things as taking pictures and listening in.
“Dreamy Smurf is the power management tool which means turning your phone on and off with you knowing,” he said.
"Nosey Smurf is the ‘hot mic’ tool. For example if it’s in your pocket, [GCHQ] can turn the microphone on and listen to everything that’s going on around you - even if your phone is switched off because they’ve got the other tools for turning it on.
“Tracker Smurf is a geo-location tool which allows [GCHQ] to follow you with a greater precision than you would get from the typical triangulation of cellphone towers.”
Perhaps users of older less smart phones not so daft after all…
Apps are only safe relative to their platform?.. I guess in any case the push back against their overreach is important but users perhaps need to consider the limits of what is possible against aggressive intrusion and what privacy is practical relative to the hardware and OS. The advantage is always with the aggressor?