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Scary Requirements?

Nov 18, 2011 at 9:30 PM

This app interested me when I saw it in the Marketplace.  I haven't taken the time to look through the source code yet, but I can't help but wonder:  does it really need access to so much information?  When I go to install it, I'm told it needs access to:

  • data services - ok, that makes sense
  • push notification service - again, that's fine
  • music and video library - hmmm.... questions begin to arise
  • owner identity - really?  for what possible reason?
  • phone identity - really?  for what possible reason?

Now I don't really consider myself paranoid, but I will say that I immediately become much more hesitant to install an application that requires that much access.  I can't help but think I'm not the only one, so I'm thinking you'd reach a wider audience if you reduced the requirements.  Thoughts?

Just my thoughts - thanks for listening!  :-)