Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Feb 2012 23:51 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption "A hybrid solution that takes the best parts of iOS's one-by-one acceptance and Android's expressed and obvious intents seems like a proper model here. In fact, Apple has many of the pieces in place elsewhere." This is a big issue. Nor Android's model (just list a bunch of confusing permissions), nor Apple's model (individual modal dialogs for each permission) is particularly workable - I doubt regular users check them on Android before installing an application, and in the case of iOS, Apple didn't think it was necessary to secure the address book, so every application has access to it without alerting users. Justin Williams proposes a hybrid solution.
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An anecdote
by thesunnyk on Tue 14th Feb 2012 00:39 UTC
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2010-05-21

I was using the Woolworths application, and a particular update (accidentally) required ALL the permissions. Some of these were fairly scary sounding -- making phone calls, looking at account data. I also needed to do the update manually, because the permissions had *changed*.

Not only did I notice it, but so did a lot of others. A lot of their reviews went to 1 star with a lot of swearing about the permissions. Woolworths needed to clarify that this was a programming error and everything would be fixed shortly.

So I think a lot of people actually *do* read this stuff on Android.

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