[Mods, I’m putting this in MPSIMS because this is mostly a rant. However if you think the pit would be a better place, please move.]
There seems to be a whole lot of Android Apps that want access to your camera or address book. The ostensible purpose of the App doesn’t seem to require such access.
I did learn that you do not have to give those permissions, although the app might not work correctly. I also learned that not all Apps ask for permissions, but I can’t say if this is true or if it is just the overworked imagination of some folk.
Here is where my own paranoia comes in, before I learned any of this, I put small pieces of black Electrical Tape over the camera the faces toward the user, on my phone I made a little opaque shutter that I can move if I want to use the camera. Slips between the protective case and the phone.
I have read enough to know why the App maker might want your address list. I guess this irks me as much as anything about Android App makers. Now to be fair, I choose to install these Apps and it’s also fair to say that I should have explored the ramifications of granting various permissions.
I will note that there are various places that detail how to cancel or lock permissions. So, there are ways to deal with the various issues and I am working on implementing some of those.
While I would be both ignorant and stupid to claim that I have learned a great deal about this issue, I do think I have enough to proceed. There is undoubtedly much more to learn about this issue.
However since this is more of a rant than anything else, I don’t think I have more to say.
To those who read without commenting, thank you.
To those who choose to take the time to comment, thank you.