posted on May, 29 2014 @ 03:59 PM
I believe this thread belongs in Social issues,it is about Facebook after all.
So Facebook have decided to take the messaging service away from the phone application and create a standalone application called Facebook messenger.
You won't be able to view your private messages until you install this application, forcing most people to download it.
I was about to install it until my phone popped up with all the allowances that I would need to give to this application. This list includes the
- Edit SMS or MMS
Allows the application to write to SMS messages stored on your phone or sim card. Malicious applications may delete your messages.
- Read SMS or MMS
Allows application to read SMS messages stored on your phone or sim card. Malicious applications may read your confidential messages.
- Receive SMS or MMS
Allows application to receive and process SMS messages. Malicious applications may monitor your messages or delete them without showing them to
- Modify/Delete SD card contents
- Change network connectivity
- Display system level alerts
Allows application to show system alert windows. Malicious applications can take over the entire screen of the phone.
-Coarse (network based) location
Access coarse location sources, such as cellular network database to determine an approximate location, where available. Malicious application can use
this to determine approximately where you are.
- Fine (GPS) location
Access fine location sources, such as the global positioning system on the phone, where available. Malicious application can use this to determine
where you are.
- Directly call phone numbers
Allows application to call phone numbers without your intervention. Malicious application can cause unexpected calls on your phone bill.
- Send SMS messages
Allows application to send SMS messages. Malicious application may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation.
- Change audio settings
Allows application to modify global audio settings, such as volume and routing.
- Record audio
Allows application to access audio record path.
- Take pictures and video
Allows application to take pictures and videos with the camera. This allows the application at any time to collect images the camera is seeing.
- Read contact data
Allows application to read all of the contact data stored on your phone. Malicious application can use this to send data to other people.
- Phone calls.
Allows the application to access the phone features of the device. An application with this permission can determine the phone number and serial
number of this phone, whether a call is active, the number that the call is connected to and the like.
- Full internet access
Allows application to create network sockets.
- Download files without notification
Allows application to download files through the download manager without any notification being shown to the user.
- Receive data from internet
Allows the application to accept cloud to device messages sent by the application service. Using this service will incur data usage. Malicious
applications may cause excess data usage.
And there's a few more aswel.
I've never seen an application that requires so much access to the functions and privacy contained in your phone. There's enough access to functions
and data there to put police out of business, or at least make their jobs a lot easier.
Why would a simple private messaging service need access to all these functions?
Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I'm not downloading it!