For instance, Facebook now requires the ability to turn a smartphone’s Wi-Fi connection on and off.Protecting against apps which ask for further permissions after install is difficult.
Apps built to go online update frequently, for perfectly valid security reasons – and often without alerting the users, at least not as clearly as the alerts on Android’s built-in Permissions menu.
“As Facebook users have noted over the last few weeks, for example, their Android app is now demanding access to SMS / MMS, calendar events, and Wi Fi control,” commented The Register.
Facebook’s Messenger app has people worried about their privacy – lots of people.
A list of Permissions appears to show the app could be taking video of users in secret, according to the Washington Post.
“Snapchat over-indexes with the very segment where Facebook has cited falling engagement: teenagers,” said Geoff Blaber, of CCS Insight.
“The continued introduction of new services, either organically or by acquisition, is essential to maintaining user engagement.” Video functions were added to Snapchat recently, as were text messages and video calling.
Down the line, this could lead to greater marketing and advertising capabilities, such as using the camera to scan codes, or interact with brand posters and advertisements.
For instance, a user could scan a QR code in a train advertising a competition with a company.
Security-wise, there are serious issues with Messenger – clearly visible on Android, where apps are required to list Permissions showing what they are allowed to do.
Cosmopolitan writes, “Basically, it can control your whole phone.
If people in SA find themselves in a legal pickle, it's down to each individual judge to interpret the laws as there's no official written rules.