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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Comment by skeezix
by skeezix on Tue 14th Feb 2012 17:18 UTC
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Too bad the author doesn't allow commenting; I wanted to congratulate him on a good article. I love Android's up-front permissions question, but I think that it'd be really handy to turn permissions on and off as needed -- sometimes I'd really love to use an app but it wants to be a bit more free with my data than I'd like, and why couldn't I just turn off certain features?

I'm dreaming up a web app that may or may not allow third-party plugins, and this would be an ideal permission system to use.

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