Tag Archive: permissions


UK docs suggest Facebook skirted Android permissions dialog

A UK parliamentary committee released a series of documents today which reveal, among other things, that Facebook knew triggering an Android permissions dialog during an app update that would collect SMS and call logs would lead to “bad PR” and allegedly attempted to circumvent the process in order to make it difficult for Android users to discover the new behavior.

The documents were part of a California lawsuit filed by app developer Six4Three. These were sealed by the  [Read More…]

What those scary app permissions mean

Knowing when to be concerned over application permissions and when not to be is tricky. And important.

We’ve all heard stories about bad apps that want to steal your valuable data and ship it off overseas, and those discussions always end with one thing — someone says you need to read an app’s permissions before you install it. Well, that’s fine, but there is a small problem — how do you know what the heck those permissions  [Read More…]

The problem with Android permissions is too much information and not enough information all at once

People freaking out over an Android app’s permissions again was overdue.

It’s a regular happening in the tech press. An app has questionable permissions and people freak out about it. Sometimes it’s warranted, but most of the time it’s because the people freaking out don’t understand the Android permission model or haven’t taken the time to see what reasons an app might have to need those seemingly sketchy permissions. And it’s Google’s fault. Sorry, Google, we love  [Read More…]

Photo editing app Meitu says it needs permissions for analytics, denies selling user data

Meitu details why it needs all those permissions.

Chinese photo editing app Meitu made landfall in the U.S. recently, with the free app shooting up the Play Store rankings over the course of the week. The app adds anime-style filters to photos, and the final results end up being equal parts wonderful and weird.

The app has been popular in China and Hong Kong for several years now, but its entry into the U.S. was fraught with  [Read More…]

How to change Android app permissions on your Chromebook

Guarding your privacy by setting Android app permissions on your Chromebook is easy. Here’s what you need to know.

Google’s been working on a system to permit or deny application permissions for a while, and with Marshmallow we saw it go live. With little of the problems and issues many expected, too. Since Android apps on your Chromebook run in their own Android container, you have the same control over permissions as you would on any  [Read More…]

How to take advantage of the new App Permissions in Marshmallow

Marshmallow brought a number of new shifts for Android users, but one of the biggest applause lines was given to the overhaul of app permissions. Before Marshmallow, you had only one way to deny an app a permission it asked for: don’t install it. In Marshmallow, you can install an app and allow or deny permissions on a per-app basis. This means that if you don’t think this game deserves access to your contacts list, you can  [Read More…]

Fun with permissions: Why the change in Android 6.0 may make you repeat yourself

In switching to a runtime permissions model in Android 6.0 — you’re no longer giving access to your data just by installing an app — developers can now more easily explain themselves. Sort of.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow technically is all of a week old. (Less so if you count the date of the code drop, I suppose.) But it’s been in developer preview status for months, and developers have been able to submit apps that use the new  [Read More…]

Using App Permissions in Android M

Google is finally giving users more granular control over permissions in Android M, but it’s probably going to be a rocky start.

We’ve long pondered what it might look like if Google decided to implement something that gave users more control over what individual apps are allowed to access on our devices, and at I/O this year it all became clear. Android M is going to allow users quite a bit of control over what information  [Read More…]

Google reportedly considering putting app permissions in the hands of users

Google is reportedly working on bringing the ability for users to manage individual app permissions on their devices.

According to a new report out of Bloomberg, Google may soon bring the ability for Android users to select what aspects of their device an app can and cannot have access to before downloading from Google Play.

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Facebook Messenger vs. Google Hangouts: A side-by-side look at permissions

We put Facebook’s much-maligned messaging app permissions up against Google’s Hangouts app

Not to belabor the point — because I think most everyone who read our takedown of all the FUD and confusion surrounding the ill-informed stories about Facebook Messenger got it — but here’s an interesting exercise. We recently recommended that when you have questions about the permissions an application is declaring, you should look at a similar app. It might not tell you the whole  [Read More…]