askST: Know what app permissions you are agreeing to

ST ILLUSTRATION: CEL GULAPA

Some give those you have downloaded access to more critical or potentially sensitive data

Why do some smartphone apps ask for permissions that they don't seem to need? For instance, why does the Facebook app ask for permissions to my microphone or SMS access?

The first time you open a newly downloaded app on your phone, you will most likely be greeted with a pop-up window asking if you will allow that app to access certain information about your phone, like contacts, camera or SMS.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2018, with the headline 'Know what app permissions you are agreeing to'. Print Edition | Subscribe