Permissions in Google Play apps are “pretty greedy” according to research by Veracode.
Following fears about the permissions that Facebook Messenger requests, the company said that Messenger is hardly an outlier relative to the other social media apps on your phone. “Mobile apps need these permissions if you want them to function properly. Messenger is a feature-packed app; some of the others may not be. Asking for all those permissions doesn’t necessarily mean the access will be abused,” said Chris Eng, vice president of research, at Veracode.
It found that 67 per cent of the other popular social apps require the READ_CONTACTS permission while 47 per cent require the CAMERA permission. And so on. Again, this shouldn’t surprise anybody.