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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bluescreen_Of_Death View Post
How would you suggest that do that? They already ask for permission to:

make phone calls
read contacts
access the internet
read phone state
access GPS or network based location
[etc]
access the internet isn't a precise description on what it actually do.
Same with Media players for Android.
The "permission" they user is "read contacts" when all it does is mute the player WHEN a call comes.
It doesn't read contacts, it detects a call command.
That is why the current way of showing what the apps actually have permission to isn't detailed enough.

Example with cars+roads: Permission stated "Driving on road"
What it doens't say is "Driving illegal on the road way above speed limits" or "Driving safely".

The Android permission needs to be more specific.
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And why would such information need to be logged in the first place?

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!! View Post
access the internet isn't a precise description on what it actually do.
Same with Media players for Android.
The "permission" they user is "read contacts" when all it does is mute the player WHEN a call comes.
It doesn't read contacts, it detects a call command.
That is why the current way of showing what the apps actually have permission to isn't detailed enough.

Example with cars+roads: Permission stated "Driving on road"
What it doens't say is "Driving illegal on the road way above speed limits" or "Driving safely".

The Android permission needs to be more specific.
They can't be more specific I don't think.

Permissions right now outline what resources the application needs access to so it can run as programmed. What it's intentions are for those resources could be more clear, but that doesn't mean they're going to actually follow those intentions.

Although some sort of supervisor program might be able to enforce those rules, the overhead would ruin phone performance.
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