Can you trust Android apps? | News | TechRadar UK

Our phones contain all kinds of important data, from our address books to our current location – and we expect that information to be used by our apps on a need-to-know basis.

So why does the Android version of the WinAmp music player want access to pretty much everything?

Every Android app has a manifest, which lists the data permissions it needs. WinAmp’s one is a doozy: it wants to access the cellular network database to access your approximate device location, to access the GPS system to get your precise location and to view log files that can reveal how you use your phone.

via Can you trust Android apps? | News | TechRadar UK.

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