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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by kstuffer, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. kstuffer

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    I've been browsing around in the app store and noticed that a lot of the apps need some personal data in order to run. It makes me feel uneasy.

    For example for launcher pro, it will have access to:

    my messages (read gmail, sms)
    personal information (read contact data)
    storage (my sd card)
    services that cost you money(directly call phone numbers)


    anyone else feel the same way?
     

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    Not sure about all apps, but usually there's a reason for all those permissions needed. For example, LauncherPro:

    -Needs access to your messaging since it can display unread counters in its dock

    -needs to read your contact data since you can set shortcuts to your contacts in your dock

    -needs sd storage since it can make a backup of your homescreen arrangement to your card

    -need to directly dial phone numbers since you can make shortcuts to directly dial a contact


    If you don't trust an app, take a look through its comments, or just don't download it.
     

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