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  1. Lana30

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    Hi Friends,
    I´m just curious, what are some of the most unnecessary app permissions you have ever been asked for? for example, a flashlight app that needs you location?? Thanks!
     

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  2. mikedt

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    Where to start? How about a flashlight app that has every permission there is, including phone calls and sending SMS?
     
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    there is just no end to the amount of stupidity in some of these kiddie developers who just grab a module, tweak it and call it their 'app'.....

    "Oh, I need a Permissions module"; so he just goes out and finds one.... is it relevant to what he is doing?

    hell no, does he even give it a thought as to what all of that means? Hell no....
    he is a Script Kiddie and should not be allowed to change his own diapers.

    When I see that kind of stuff, I uninstall the app and write it off my list, as pure trash akin to porno crap.
     
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    That's assuming it is ignorance. There have been cases of flashlight apps using those permissions to steal personal data.
     
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    that too, and should have mentioned that "not so minor detail"
     
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    What apps have these unnecessary permissions? ;)
     
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    Why give exposure or link to apps that are on the sketchy side of reputable?

    If there's a specific, nefarious app that someone knows about, hopefully they'll report it to Google.

    Otherwise, everyone should carefully assess / review / evaluate the permissions on an app before one installs it--if it doesn't make sense, then don't install it (or contact the developer for an explanation).
     
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    So people can know about them and avoid them?
     
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    I get what you're saying, but why have a free-for-all and list apps--and give exposure to--that someone is not necessarily looking for?

    That's why I'd advocate due-diligence on the user's part of reviewing an app's permissions vs. apparent needs, documentations (market description, web site), ratings (but ignore the comments--don't get me started about comments :p), etc.
     

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