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Do Android develops have an access to device IDs?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by deltaforce, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. deltaforce

    deltaforce Android Enthusiast
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    Hello folks,

    Just came across the news about iOS device IDs leaked online from FBI laptop. I have no clue, why the heck FBI would carry millions of these IDs (certainly there can not be so many terrorists or something in the US, else I running !!) but that brings to me to the question(s),

    - do Android developers have access to the device IDs?
    - Can developer track installation of their program on the devices? i.e. the device ID on which the program was installed.
    - I am aware of some rogue programs that sign you up for their mailing list without asking you and then track you travel (otherwise, this program has a great function but I don't want someone to watch over me, not even DW. I am a free man, for god sake and a pretty much law abiding citizen. Seriously, I slow down as soon as I see a Police car or something ;)

    So what do developers say?
     

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  2. mills2533

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    Yes. If the app has the permission to READ_PHONE_STATE, it has access to the device's IMEI.
     
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    And how do I figure out which apps have that permission? Is there any utility that scan apps for permissions?
     
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    Well, many apps need that permission, otherwise they won't go to the background when someone calls or something of the like.
     

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