Some top Indian Android apps across categories seek as much as 45% higher permissions from users compared to their global counterparts. Access to SMSes, microphone and contact book were some permissions accessed by a significantly higher number of Indian apps compared to global peers.
According to an annual study by enterprise cyber security and data privacy platform Arrka Consulting, about a third of the permissions sought weren’t required for core functionality of those apps. Interestingly, most data that these apps and websites share with third parties end up going to two of the largest global tech firms — Google and Facebook.
The key privacy metrics were assessed on 100 Indian apps with each having at least a million downloads across Google Play, Apple’s App Store and websites.
Source: Economic Times