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. Clearly, the app doesn’t really need any of that data to function, but it asks for permission to access it. Why?
Because Google’s Android operating system (OS) allowed it to do so.