I wasn’t sure if all of them were as notorious as they could be, but the if the permissions I allowed them weren’t apparent to me, they were gone.
This is some scary stuff, because the whole idea of having a “device” is that the entire experience is pre-packaged for convenience. We don’t want people to have to develop skill sets to use these things, we just want them to work. The problem, of course, is that they are incredibly powerful telecommunication devices; short of implants, we have the best technical layer for civil rights violations known to us.
I am going to start looking into all the apps I install now. I am actually going further than that, I will contact the developers when possible, and record what the applications actually do. I notice that the open source apps I use hardly ever do anything more than write to the SD card, which is understandable for what they do (like keeping a configuration file).
Is it just me, or does it seem like wherever possible, people will try to gather statistics on people without explicitly telling them? How do they sleep at night?