How many times have you downloaded an app to your smart phone? I am sure many, as have I! Have you checked which permissions you are allowing these applications to access? I was very surprised to see the amount of information I had unknowingly given permission to.
Due to the amount of personal data “required” to run these applications, I uninstalled the following from my phone: Netflix, Skype, YouTube, Yelp, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.
As you can see in these two screenshots from my phone, Facebook Messenger and Skype both have access to a lot of data.
You are able to check the permissions of your already downloaded applications by going into your phone settings, click on Applications and then Manage Applications. Prior to downloading any application go directly to the website to see their privacy permissions.
The new Facebook Home is another application that will be running in the background of your phone and collecting a lot of personal data. You can read more about it here from the CNN article, “Facebook Home, Privacy and You”.
Although not as convenient and will take longer, I plan to connect directly to these sites via my browser. How do you feel about these permissions? Will you continue to use these applications in the future?