One of our readers was quite upset about the permissions required for some Android apps. “Everybody is worried about NSA spying on you. You better be worried about GOOGLE and what they are doing with your personal information. Why does the android cell phone need all my contact information and phone numbers? Why does it want my Location when I am using my phone?Why does it want all the phone numbers that I call?
As far as I am concern, I fear Google more than NSA, as least they are in the protection business. Google is in the stealing and selling of personal information business. Heck, They are in the same class as hackers and spammers.Why does it want a list of all my apps on my phone?
The Govt. needs to bust up Google so that they are not able to hack you personal information and sell it, worldwide.”
I agree there are a lot of privacy concerns when it comes to companies like Google that basically trade their services in exchange for your information. While I can’t address all of them, I can address why your Android phone would want some of the information that you’re concerned about.
Your cell phone needs your phone numbers and contacts in order to make phone calls and send text messages. It needs to know who to call and also needs to be able to tell you who’s calling. This information is also needed for you to look up recent calls or check out missed calls.
Part of the reason it needs your location is to find the best cell tower for making calls. The location can also be necessary for location-based services like maps or checking in somewhere. You can turn off GPS, so your phone only sends a general signal as to where you are, but that does disable some services on your phone.
Google has a list of apps on your phone because all of those apps came from Google, purchased through their Play Store. Those apps are part of your Google account and that information stays in the cloud in case something happens to your phone, so you’ll be able to re-download all of your apps automatically without purchasing them again.
Google and Android are one. All Android service come through Google. But don’t be too sure you’re going to find much more privacy anywhere else. In this day of “free” apps and “free” services, customers often find themselves paying with information instead of cash.
You can certainly check the permissions required for any app or any service and just refuse to use it if you feel it compromises your privacy.