Originally Posted by SebaKL
Google has rolled out patch to its phone-making partners, which deal with exploits through Google Play. This could result in many of the apps (with any kind of accessibility to the system), to reconfirm permissions in accordance with the new rules.
I wouldn't worry that much about known and reputable apps, downloaded from Google Play. Google doesn't actually share that much info. Some is just required for many services within the app to run.
Or permission to access gmail info, which pretty much gives user name and e-mail address, in order to verify the paid app against registered device. Google doesn't share all that much beyond that. You can find the list of things google does share, on their site, all of which, very negligible.
Not that I say to take security likely, but some of the permissions only sound scary. Keep in mind, all the "SHARE" features, recording video, texting, moving photos or any other content from an app to gallery or social media, and vice versa, all require write, read, modify storage... and whatnot permissions, but they are nothing more, than app basic functionality.
You can decline the access to an app you don't really trust, or app you got from outside of Google Play, but an app that is reputable, why not.
All I'm saying is, don't read too much into it.
I just signed up here, although I've been a Droid user for the last 3 yrs or so. So just going to jump in.
My $0.02, I just simply can't get past the fact that, even though you say not to worry, these permissions are being slipped in during an application install, which is just one click beyond reading the reviews and description of an app, a process that is time-consuming and often leads to users getting lazy or impatient at the install stage.
Furthermore, how can we trust a company that drives cars around with cameras on them, taking pictures for the sake of Google Earth? Whose the customer driving that effort? Whose paying for it? With the recent news of NSA access to emails, text messages, gps logs, browser history, how can we be sure Google isn't taking our picture the first few minutes that we've unknowingly accepted the app permissions (eg Chrome, and I am guilty of this myself) and then forwarded that on to NSA at some later date? Wouldn't Google be barred from informing the user, as well as the public, the NSA's letter requesting the data? Keep in mind these letters are likely electronic emails, generated automatically. It wouldn't surprise me if the NSA wants a picture of the owner of every cell phone sold in the US.