I have a question about Android app permissions. Lately I’ve noticed a lot
of apps want strange permissions. Lookout wants to be able to take photos at
any time without my permission. Others want to make phone calls or read my
contact list. I realize a bar code reader needs to control my camera but am I
being right in being concerned with some of these permission requests?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #99 I take a look at smartphone applications that ask for a lot
of permissions. It would be wise to be cautious.
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Android app permissions
In my opinion, yes. It really depends on which apps you’re installing as to
what permissions they actually need.
That’s probably the most important thing you can do. Before installing an
app, understand what it’s supposed to do. If you’ve got an application that has
absolutely no documented reason where it might want to use the camera, giving
it permission to use the camera clearly doesn’t make sense.
Now it doesn’t necessarily mean that the application is malicious. But that
would be one sign of an application that’s trying to do more than is
So, the best thing I can suggest you do is always install what I would
consider to be highly rated, very reputable applications. Take a few minutes to
actually understand what the application is attempting to do for you before you
give it permissions to do just about everything.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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