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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by KryptoNyte, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. KryptoNyte

    KryptoNyte Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    After running the update, I continually get this permissions request from the system:

    "These apps want access to your Google account from now on:"

    "They are requesting permission to: Android services"

    ... and then there is a list of pretty much everything on the phone. I have refused to allow this ("No Thanks") and it has no adverse affect on my daily phone operations, but the message persists a few times a day.

    I assume I have no choice but to eventually accept this access. I'm surprised I can't find any other posts on this.

  2. SebaKL

    SebaKL Android Enthusiast

    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.

    I was just reading somewhere, a forum participant being concern about Chrome having access to his microphone and camera. Strongly making his point against it. But what the poster obviously didn't know, was that Google has recently launched WebRTC-Experiment for Chrome. Which is a video conferencing, screen sharing, broadcasting etc.. through the browser, that requires no player or installations of any kind, just the use of standard JavaScript. So, while something might sound border line NSA, it has really no ill intent.

    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.
  3. KryptoNyte

    KryptoNyte Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Alrighty. I've just never seen it ask for permission for so many applications/services at one time.
  4. judpma

    judpma Lurker

    not a big deal. ....
  5. razrmaxxhd

    razrmaxxhd Lurker

    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.
  6. SebaKL

    SebaKL Android Enthusiast

    I guess I should be even more concern, given I live in an Islamic country, being anti organized religion, government and the widespread corruption, and very vocal about it over sms, social networks and local forums. I wouldn't be surprised if I already had a fat folder with the security services :)

    I look at it from different perspective. The moment I willingly joined to social space, I pretty much forgo the right to certain aspects of my privacy, and I'm aware that all my whereabouts, surfing habits and history, are stored somewhere, ready to be reviewed. That's the trade off for the benefits I get being able to access freely so many things. It really doesn't bother me that much at all, especially when company like Google, would gather some additional information about me.

    Secondly, I do really like Google, traveling a lot, I use Google earth street view on countless occasions, which proved itself to be super useful. And thanks to Google collecting Wi-Fi access points and routers' unique MACs, SSIDs, and physical addresses, it really improved Google Maps and localized search, even within the Mall or office complex, where there is no access to GPS. For the convenience of finding places, shops, businesses or eateries, and other stuff I need quickly, privacy it's a not something I worry about. Otherwise, I wouldn't get into Google Ecosystem at all, keep sticker on my front camera and remove battery whenever I don't use the phone. After all, I get all this cool services for free. Can't complain.

    You have a great weekend ahead, concern citizen :)

  7. SebaKL

    SebaKL Android Enthusiast

    By the way, I would honestly be more worry about Apple collecting finger prints with its new phone, than Google getting my photo :)
    Apple is far less transparent and far more accommodating to the government than Google. After all, they owe their existence to leniency of the judicial system, gov contracts and cases having overturn by the president. Sure they need to give back something in return for all these privileges. At least google, has been fighting to retain the privacy of its users, but there is only so much they can retain, before someone start cock blocking their services and infrastructure due to lack of cooperation.
  8. LaTuFu

    LaTuFu Android Expert

    If your concern is your privacy and protection from unwarranted unauthorized snooping, don't "plug in" to the electronic society.

    Cancel your mobile phone account, delete all of your email accounts, cancel your internet, directtv, facebook, twitter, pinterest, imgur, tumblr younameit accounts, buy a log cabin in the woods, and don't ever use another electronic device again in your life. Use cash and barter.

    Seriously, in today's society, E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G is connected to a data network at some point, and every part of your life can be traced if necessary.

    If you live in a city, you are under surveillance multiple times a day. If you live in a rural area, you are still likely to be on camera at least a few times a day if you go to a market or any retail store.

    If anything, you can take comfort in the fact that there is a nearly incalculable (word?) amount of data being gathered on a daily basis. So the likelihood of your particular pile of 1s and 0s falling into the wrong hands is lower than your odds of winning the powerball. (assuming you're taking normal precautions to safeguard your info)

    (Sorry to add to the necro'ing of the post...)

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