So recently, I was searching for a news app that needs few permissions as possible.
I found an app called Flipboard. Google play said I need to allow the following:
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I was satisfied with those permissions (left screenshot) and installed the app. Then I went to Privacy Guard (right screenshot; I have CM installed) to check if the permissions match.
The permissions not only not match but there are additional that I would never allow, like reading my SMS or Read Calendar information.
Another strange thing is, that on the google play web page there is another set of permissions:
This app has access to: Identity
- find accounts on the device
- test access to protected storage
- modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
- receive data from Internet
- full network access
- prevent device from sleeping
- view network connections
I know there can be additional permissions added with updates, but I never updated the app.
To me it seems google/apps are misleading users and it seems very illegal to me.
Am I missing something here or is my complain justified?