Google to start having developers submit privacy polices for apps
I can’t tell you the number of times I look through an apps’ reviews after an update changed permissions to see people flipping out about the change. It doesn’t seem to matter what the change is, or how it benefits the app, if the permissions change some people just aren’t happy. Take the latest update for Dropbox as an example. In the update they clearly stated: “We now store your Dropbox credentials in Android’s secure Account Manager. This means Dropbox can’t be installed on your SD Card and requires the “Your Accounts” permissions. These permissions only allow us to access accounts we create.” Seems pretty straightforward to me, they are making Dropbox more secure which has been some people’s gripe with Dropbox from the beginning, a lack of security. Immediately after the update there was dozens of hateful reviews stating things like “change the permissions back or I’m uninstalling!!!” or “why does this need access to my accounts?!?” Apparently people can’t read when they clearly state the reasons behind the change, and that your information is now more secure not less.
All app developers aren’t as straightforward as Dropbox is however. There are some apps I have run across and when I look at the permissions I scratch my head and wonder why they need access to all that stuff. Some things are no-nonsense, like games needing access to your phone. It’s not so they can make calls, but rather know when you are receiving one, pause your game, and allow the phone to ring. A good practice is if you don’t know why a certain app needs a certain permission, it might be best to not install that app. Google is in the process of helping explain what developers are going to do with your information.