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#1 TheSentinel

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:11 PM

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Android's Permission Problems
Apps are notorious for leaking information, but can you really do anything about it?

By Armando Rodriguez, PCWorld Mar 17, 2012 2:00 am

Mobile apps are a privacy nightmare. Some apps are constantly connected to the Internet, and can upload your personal data--such as your private photos or documents--to a remote server without your knowledge or consent. While iOS users can generally depend on Apple's app-curating process to keep their data safe, Android users pretty much have to fend for themselves, left to rely on a cryptic system that doesn't seem to be working.

How Google's Permission System Works

Whenever you download an app from Google Play (the store formerly known as the Android Market), you see an alert that explains what information that app will be able to access once you install it on your phone; for instance, the alert will indicate whether the app needs to access your contacts list, or connect to the Internet. An app cannot use any part of the phone that it does not have permission to access, and the developer sets these permissions when it first submits the app to the Play store.

Read more about the other permissions at: http://www.pcworld.c...s.html#tk.hp_fv



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