posted on Mar, 7 2013 @ 10:58 AM
Just recently I have upgraded to an Android based mobile phone, and as you do when you get a smart phone, I started downloading apps that I would find
useful (or so I thought). Typical apps were banking, fitness, anti-virus and various time wasting games.
As usual, updates came in for these apps. Instead of just accepting and dowloading these updates, I thought that I would read what I was actually
Quite frankly I was shocked by what I read.
Take for example the ANZ banking app. It can moniter what apps you use, read your call log of incoming and outgoing calls, read your contact data,
how often you've contacted individuals either by email, text or phone call.
Another app was the AVG antivirus, this app can basically control your entire phone and your wireless network that you are connected to. By accepting
this one, you are giving the app permission to do whatever it wants, delete entire text threads, individual messages, even selected text out of
messages from your phone storage. It can prevent you from sending or receiving emails, texts or it can edit them before sending.
Now these permissions are probably just harmless code that is needed for the app to run efficiently, but the left side of my brain keeps nagging at
me, "who is really collecting this information?"
I have since deleted these apps, and any like them that require more information from me that I feel is relevant for them to operate effectively. And
yes I know the antivirus software is only looking for malicious code in texts and emails, but why the need to take that much control of a phone. Who
really controls the app, and what is done with the data except for marketing.
Everyday our personal lives are becoming less and less personal. We can be tracked everywhere, either through cameras on the street, banking records,
and now our phones. I have over 200 contacts on my phone, so I have to assume even thier privacy has been comprimised due to these applications.
So before you just accept & download, have a read of the permissions for the app, you will be pleasently shocked.