- access the running apps on your device;
- your location;
- your phone status;
- the ability to modify or delete the contents of your USB storage;
- view your Wi-Fi connection;
- obtain data from your internet;
- modify your display and sound settings;
- control your phone vibration;
- re-order your apps and, believe it or not, even more.
Can downloading a free app cost you your privacy?
The incredibly popular Meitu app has already been downloaded over a billion times since its creation in 2008, allowing users to ‘anime’ their face and share the photos across social media. Those who regularly download apps to their phones or tablets will be familiar with the pop-up icon greeting you, asking for permission to access your camera or your maps to access your location for example. Most apps try to limit the data access required on your device, however there are concerns that Meitu request a disproportionate number of permissions, collecting a large amount of personal information about its users; all of whom download the app for free. For an app that simply alters your photos, users may be surprised to discover that in addition to accessing your camera, the app also requests permission to:
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