Amazon " free " app

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    I downloaded a " free" app from the Amazon App store, it was called the Gentle alarm clock , or something like that. When I went to install it is when My alarm went off.. It asks permission to your Phone log, also it asks for internet access, and access to your Logs??
    It had about 30 really glowing reviews and about 5 that were like mine.. that ask WTF...
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    Did you email the developer?
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    The Developer has all kinds of " Reasons: he needs these permissions.. I Sent a note to Amazon Warning them.. .I would like some people from here to go check it out and maybe I am just being too cautious..
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    Don't like it don't use it. Full explanation of the permissions are in the market description

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    PERMISSIONS: Gentle Alarm uses the following permissions...

    * RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: So it can activate an alarm after you reboot the phone. After reboot, all alarms of all apps are cancelled by default.

    * WAKE_LOCK: So the phone can stay on while playing an alarm or while displaying the night display.

    * DISABLE_KEYGUARD: When the alarm rings, you don't have to unlock the phone to be able to turn the alarm off.

    * VIBRATE: obvious

    * WRITE_SETTINGS: It adjusts some system settings such as airplane mode, silent mode, etc.

    * WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: It logs some data on your SD card.

    * READ_PHONE_STATE: So it can turn off the alarm when the phone rings and prevent an alarm from ringing while you are talking on the phone.

    * READ_LOGS: So you can send me debug data (if you choose to)

    * INTERNET: So that I can display ads (trial version only). Also, if the app crashes, it offers to send me a debug report directly to my servers. The app will politely ask you if you want to send that data or not. If you do, it needs an internet connection. If not, it doesn't but I still need the permission in the app because you may want to send the debug data.



    Cut and pasted from the market. ;)
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    I saw that.. but that is not all it asks for.. From the install
    Storage..:
    Can Modify /Delete SD card contents
    Network Communication.:
    Full internet Access.
    Phone Calls: Read Phone State and Identity
    System Tools..:
    Modify Global System settings. , prevent Phone from sleeping, Read system Log files.


    To me this still crosses the Line on an alarm clock app..
    The Developer, may be totally legit... but why ask for things like this. When you can have it ask for permission when it needs it.
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    What permissions hasn't he explained?

    And apps just can't ask for those permissions on the fly, they need to be allowed when its installed.

    Not sure why you're making such a big deal of this. It was a FREE app - if you don't like it, don't use it.
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    Look it up in Googles Market: 1,862 reviews....
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    I use it a like it......no identity theft pestering me....
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