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Old 07-27-2014, 11:39 AM
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Google needs access to . . . should I give these people that much for a free app?

My wishy-washy ass has about 5 days left on my 2 week return policy with T Mobile. I sort like this HTC M8 but I'm not digging the way the free apps want access to everything short of my social security number. Today I looked into jukebox apps and these peope want a lot:

Identity

Contacts/Calendar

Location

Phone

Photos/Media/Files

Device ID & call information


Maybe I'm kidding myself, maybe Google is getting all of that already. OTOH, my Apple fan IT tech client claims that Apple is less intrusive on these matters. I'd be happy to spend $20 or $30 on apps that I'd had some chance to research if it means I won't have a moving ad at the bottom of the screen and won't be yielding access to personal info. Android fans forgive me, but I'm also thinking I like the smaller size of the iPhone 5s better plus the better camera (supposedly).

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Old 07-27-2014, 01:07 PM
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recently I've denied apps based on over-reaching for personal data a few times... they're asking for the moon and my guess is most people just click "OK" - I'm not to keen on all the data and am prepared to say "Nope - not for that functionality".
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:14 PM
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Maybe I'm kidding myself, maybe Google is getting all of that already. OTOH, my Apple fan IT tech client claims that Apple is less intrusive on these matters. I'd be happy to spend $20 or $30 on apps that I'd had some chance to research if it means I won't have a moving ad at the bottom of the screen and won't be yielding access to personal info. Android fans forgive me, but I'm also thinking I like the smaller size of the iPhone 5s better plus the better camera (supposedly).

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I'm an Android fan and I've never had iPhone. I'd say go ahead and try the iPhone for 2 weeks if you can. The way things are going, Android is going to be only more intrusive than it is now. Many people are happy with the iPhone.
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:49 PM
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Absolutely don't accept those permissions, especially not the contacts. They snarf your contacts which means they get the contact database, all your friends, with email for spamming, with street address if you stored it.

Also, AppOps.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:56 PM
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When you add new contacts you have three options. 1)Store to device 2)Store to sim card 3) Store to Google
Always use store to device and never store or sync with Google as all your personal stuff goes to their online server.

Also by default settings are set to sync everything so before you add anything on your smartphone go and turn off all auto sync options.

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Old 07-28-2014, 05:35 AM
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Happens on Apple too. This is why they "give" you free apps.
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I've always been on the Android platform but I'm considering the switch to iOS due to this reason. With Android, it's an "all or nothing" approach and you must accept all requested permissions or don't install the app. With iOS, at least you have the ability to block an app from access to certain pieces of information... at least I think that's how I understand it..
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The thread title is misleading, BTW.

It isn't Google asking for these permissions. It is the owner of that third-party application. Grant with care.
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