While I was cruising through new arrivals in BlackBerry World, I came across a tasty looking possibility.
PDF Creator caught my eye immediately as a candidate for my document tools arsenal.
But, to my surprise I went from app review to app permissions critic in seconds. I don’t know about you, but I tend to take at least a cursory look at the permissions to access my device and information that any developer is asking for.
Call me paranoid, but the list of permissions on this one knocked my socks off. I’ll let the pictures do the talking here…
Hmmm… Shared files… on and off my device?
My PIN and serial number? What the Heck for?
My name, email address, and BBID?
Allowing the app to view, create, send, and delete PIN and email messages? Is this list of permissions innocent? Am I being unnecessarily paranoid? Notice I unchecked them all…
After I unchecked every permission request, I tapped “OK” to move forward I saw this…
And ladies and gentlemen, before I could delete the app without even using it once I got a notification in the HUB. It was an unsolicited ad to download another app from the same developer called “Battery Booster”.
Now, I respect the fact that the Developer has created a “Built for BlackBerry” app. That in and of itself is an honorable achievement as our own UTB app is. But you tell me, am I being overly concerned? Is the dev just being open and honest about what is truly necessary to make the app run properly?
I didn’t like it, or the unsolicited sales spam.
Tell me what you all think of the permissions for this app in particular, and of permissions in general. Yeesh.