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Topic # 146856 31-May-2014 12:21
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Can anyone tell me what possible reason there could be for a news app to require your location down to the metre?  Surely just knowing your city to give you local news (coarse location - yes I know it's a bit finer than just your city, but accuracy shouldn't be that important for the use case) would suffice?

Personally, I've rejected the update, but what is with so many apps demanding so many unnecessary permissions on Android?

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  Reply # 1057034 31-May-2014 12:26
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NZHerald is an awful app. It has flashing ads, after you've read a story goes back to the top of the story list instead of staying where you were, as well as the permissions grab. Maybe I'll just uninstall it.

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  Reply # 1057052 31-May-2014 13:10
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To spy on you, I'd imagine.



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  Reply # 1057055 31-May-2014 13:13
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They also at one point wanted access to contacts, texts call logs and more. So wouldn't surprise me.

I uninstalled it, Not ever to use again.

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  Reply # 1057060 31-May-2014 13:16
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Well I just clicked 'deny access' on my newly setup iPhone and it worked fine anyway?

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  Reply # 1057072 31-May-2014 13:46
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NZhearld app I no longer use

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  Reply # 1057075 31-May-2014 14:00
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Maybe they are possibly getting ready to out it behind a paywall. Maybe they possibly need location for billing in the future so you get the news tuned for the region you are in, and not for other regions, which you may have to pay extra for. It looks like that is the way newspapers are heading. I used to use the Sydney morning herald, but they paywalled that.

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  Reply # 1057094 31-May-2014 14:59
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It so when a big news story hits, they can control all those phones at the location to get stealth video and audio footage and phone people for interviews.

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