Android App Permissions Dissected

Based on our recent research and feedback from our users, we know that Android permissions can sometimes be confusing. Often it is hard to tell what data apps are accessing on your phone and why they are accessing it. In this post we explain what permissions are and why developers ask for them. We want you to feel more knowledgeable about permissions so you can make good decisions when you download apps on your phone.

What are permissions? – In order to access certain data or capabilities on your phone, an app needs to request permission from you before you install it. When you download an app from the Android Market, you can see an outline of exactly what data and capabilities the app wants to access.

Some permissions allow access to standard phone capabilities such as the internet, while others involve accessing sensitive information such as your location or your text messages, so it’s important to pay attention to what permissions each app requests. When installing an app, Android flags particularly sensitive permissions in orange so that you pay closer attention to them. Other, less sensitive permissions are displayed in white. Continue reading …

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