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The Most Ridiculous App Permissions Ever Asked

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by Lana30, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Lana30

    Lana30 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    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!
     


  2. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Where to start? How about a flashlight app that has every permission there is, including phone calls and sending SMS?
     
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  3. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    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.
     
  4. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member

    That's assuming it is ignorance. There have been cases of flashlight apps using those permissions to steal personal data.
     
  5. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    that too, and should have mentioned that "not so minor detail"
     
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  6. Lana30

    Lana30 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    What apps have these unnecessary permissions? ;)
     
  7. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
    Moderator

    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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  8. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    So people can know about them and avoid them?
     
  9. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
    Moderator

    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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