Just been having a look on Google play for potential new apps/games for when I pick up my new phone this week and noticed the permissions you have to agree to if you install the app As this will be my first android phone I must admit the alarm bells are ringing loudly.
I can understand some apps might need certain permissions for updating etc by allowing internet access but some of the permissions look a bit dodgy and very intrusive. Take Facebook for example and the rather disturbing "Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This allows the app at any time to collect images the camera is seeing" and "Allows the app to access the audio record path". Alot of the apps are able to view and modify your contacts, view pictures on your phone and a whole host of other dodgy sounding permissions.
Some of the permissions look to be used for targeted advertising but how do you know they are not upto something dodgy with all your personal information. How do you know if an app/game is safe to install and not just a method for gaining your personal information ?
Apple isn't any better as you don't even get asked to agree to the permissions, they have all the permissions they need by default.