The Insidiousness of Facebook Messenger’s Android Mobile App Permissions (Updated)
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In-app purchases An app can ask you to make purchases inside the app.
Device & app history
An app can use one or more of the following:
- Read sensitive log data
- Retrieve system internal state
- Read your web bookmarks and history
- Retrieve running apps
Cellular data settings
An app can use settings that control your mobile data connection and potentially the data you receive.
An app can use your account and/or profile information on your device.
Identity access may include the ability to:
- Find accounts on the device
- Read your own contact card (example: name and contact information)
- Modify your own contact card
- Add or remove accounts
An app can use your device’s contacts and/or calendar information.
Contacts and calendar access may include the ability to:
- Read your contacts
- Modify your contacts
- Read calendar events plus confidential information
- Add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners’ knowledge
An app can use your device’s location.
Location access may include:
- Approximate location (network-based)
- Precise location (GPS and network-based)
- Access extra location provider commands
- GPS access
An app can use your device’s text messaging (SMS) and/or multimedia media messaging service (MMS). This group may include the ability to use text, picture, or video messages.
Note: Depending on your plan, you may be charged by your carrier for text or multimedia messages. SMS access may include the ability to:
- Receive text messages (SMS)
- Read your text messages (SMS or MMS)
- Receive text messages (MMS, like a picture or video message)
- Edit your text messages (SMS or MMS)
- Send SMS messages; this may cost you money
- Receive text messages (WAP)
An app can use your phone and/or its call history.
Note: Depending on your plan, you may be charged by your carrier for phone calls.
Phone access may include the ability to:
- Directly call phone numbers; this may cost you money
- Write call log (example: call history)
- Read call log
- Reroute outgoing calls
- Modify phone state
- Make calls without your intervention
An app can use files or data stored on your device.
Photos/Media/Files access may include the ability to:
- Read the contents of your USB storage (example: SD card)
- Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
- Format external storage
- Mount or unmount external storage
An app can use your device’s camera and/or microphone.
Camera and microphone access may include the ability to:
- Take pictures and videos
- Record audio
- Record video
Wi-Fi connection information
An app can access your device’s Wi-Fi connection information, like if Wi-Fi is turned on and the name(s) of connected devices.
Wi-Fi connection information access may include the ability to:
Device ID & call information
An app can access your device ID(s), phone number, whether you’re on the phone, and the number connected by a call.
Device ID & call information may include the ability to:
- Read phone status and identity
An app can use custom settings provided by your device manufacturer or application-specific permissions.
Note: If an app adds a permission that is in the “Other” group, you’ll always be asked to review the change before downloading an update.
Other access may include the ability to:
- Read your social stream (on some social networks
- Write to your social stream (on some social networks)
- Access subscribed feeds
When you review individual permissions, all permissions, including those not displayed in the permissions screen, will be shown in the “Other” group.