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
thesunnyk
Member since:
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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RE: An anecdote
by dvhh on Tue 14th Feb 2012 02:45 in reply to "An anecdote"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

I agree that scoring usually raise some warning about an application, But apart from that I guess that permission (like Windows UAC dialogs), are skipped like EULA usually are.

Google should weight old version score down to push these kind of adverse scoring for wrong permission.

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RE: An anecdote
by OMRebel on Tue 14th Feb 2012 04:35 in reply to "An anecdote"
OMRebel Member since:
2005-11-14

I will also check permissions of any app I install. If the app requires permissions to somethings that I feel are unnecessary, and then I won't install it. Judging by reviews, plenty of others feel the same way.

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RE[2]: An anecdote
by WorknMan on Tue 14th Feb 2012 07:18 in reply to "RE: An anecdote"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I will also check permissions of any app I install. If the app requires permissions to somethings that I feel are unnecessary, and then I won't install it. Judging by reviews, plenty of others feel the same way.


Me too, especially when an already installed app wants to change permissions... I look that over very carefully. For all I know, their servers may have gotten hacked and somebody pushed out a malicious version of the app.

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