Re: Dictionary or Grammar app

Subject: Re: Dictionary or Grammar app
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 12:22:02 -0700

A simple app such as a dictionary (which is typically either just an
ebook or a wrapper for a web site) shouldn't need any permissions at
all, but their business model may be to sell your data or use it to
make more money from ads by targeting them more precisely.

On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 11:09 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com> wrote:
> Sure, they could be. The app is being interpreted as spyware right now, however.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lauren [mailto:lauren -at- writeco -dot- net]
> Sent: Monday, August 07, 2017 2:07 PM
> To: Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>; 'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Subject: Re: Dictionary or Grammar app
>
> On 8/7/2017 5:15 AM, Cardimon, Craig wrote:
>> Dictionary app is getting a bad rap for requesting a very wide range of permissions that it should not need.
>
> Maybe they are setting up for something bigger. Can the app work without those permissions? My version of the app has switches for permissions of Phone, Storage, and Location. Only Location is enabled. I'm sure that is for ad support but it may be regional as well. I think Storage is for offline use. I have no idea how the app would use my Phone.
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Dictionary or Grammar app: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: Dictionary or Grammar app: From: Lauren
RE: Dictionary or Grammar app: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: Dictionary or Grammar app: From: Lauren
RE: Dictionary or Grammar app: From: Cardimon, Craig

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