Pal J. Watson has made a discovery. He has a SmartPhone. I don’t. My wife does. That’s because in things technical, she is way ahead of me.
Anyway, here’s the deal. Mr. Watson downloaded an Android-based app. (App is short for application. In this case, it is short for appalling.)
Here is what his screen said.
- “Record Audio” – “Allows the app to record audio with the microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.”
- “Take pictures and videos” – “Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.”
This was for his new Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Here is the capper. The apps had nothing to do with voice or photos. One was for social networking. The other was a calendar.
He posted photographic images in his article to prove his point.
Then he summarized what is being asked of users.
App companies are also requiring you to allow them to approximate your location, send SMS messages from your phone that cost you money, read your contacts, read your phone status and identity, get “full network access” to your communications (in other words listen to your phone calls), modify or delete the contents of your USB storage, and disable your screen lock (the 4 digit code that password-protects your phone).
He is correct. People agree to these lawyer-written surrenders on privacy without reading what they are authorizing.
The media ignore this.
Once a private firm has this information, the government can subpoena the firm to get it.
I recommend that you don’t activate an app without reading the agreement. Find out what you are agreeing to.