Smart Phones: Privacy & Application Permission Concerns #mobileapps

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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.

Facebook Messenger

Messenger

Skype

Skype

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?

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Lisa Ladrido (65 Posts)

Lisa is an R.N. Mom Blogger and the author of Mom Blogger Buzz. She writes about Social Media, Technology, Product Reviews, Blogging Tips, Travel, Family and Health. She and her husband live in the Seattle area. They have 5 sons, 4 grandchildren and 3 furry four legged children!


12 comments for “Smart Phones: Privacy & Application Permission Concerns #mobileapps

  1. Gerry
    April 8, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Sadly, some of those listed above are “necessary evils” that must remain on my phone. I DO need to be connected …as a small business owner my not having the capability to respond quickly can hurt my business. The good news is that the data is used collectively. Facebook, Instagram, etc. have no time to look at you as an individual.

    • April 9, 2013 at 5:13 AM

      I would love that they would offer us an option to which of the permissions we would want to have on our phone. They have admitted that not all are necessary to run the apps, but have them just in case. Facebook Home is an issue for me. Having these pre-installed on the phones will make it more difficult to remove for sure.

  2. Mitzi
    April 11, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    wow…I had no idea they were collecting info about our phone calls and such. Now that is indeed going too far… Thanks for letting us know about this.

    • April 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Facebook Home is even more intrusive. I think we have gotten too complacent.

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