Here’s how data-thirsty the apps on your phone are: HDFC Bank’s app won’t install until you permit it to access phone calls and SMS permissions. The same goes for ICICI Bank. Then there is Airtel TV. The first thing Airtel’s OTT app wants is access to your photos and videos. It goes on to ask for multiple permissions. But unlike the banks, it installs even when denied the litany of permissions it sought.
Google the dealer meets Google the player
The Google Play Store is turning off the tap on apps asking for SMS and call log permissions. While that plunges apps into a data drought, Google’s own products may gain a competitive edge
Google’s move to stop Android apps from reading SMS and call logs is a step towards user privacy
While Google has whitelisted certain use cases for access to SMS, its exceptions are seemingly arbitrary
Google owns the Android OS, has apps of its own, and owns SDKs that are embedded into apps. All at once, Google is judge, jury and executioner
Google has a lot riding on Google Pay, and data privacy is the best weapon in its arsenal to gain a competitive advantage