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My Verizon app is updated with new permissions, giving the carrier information about your phone

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My Verizon app is updated with new permissions, giving the carrier information about your phone
If you're a Verizon subscriber, you probably are quite familiar with the My Verizon app. Using the app's widget, you can have a good idea about how much of that sweet, sweet data you've consumed for the month to date. You can also make payments through the app and monitor your account. For many a Verizon customer, the My Verizon app does come in handy.

The My Verizon app for Android has been updated

The My Verizon app for Android has been updated

Well, the Android version of the app received an update on Tuesday, and while it merely updated the splash screen and exterminated a few bugs, there were some troubling things that Verizon did with the permissions. The new permissions ask to send and receive SMS messages, begin Bluetooth pairing, read your battery stats, and receive a list of all of the apps running on your phone. If this all makes you a bit concerned about what Verizon has up its sleeve, you can always refuse to accept the update.

The SMS permission might be a tip off that the carrier is working on a way for subscribers to send text messages to Verizon directly from the app. The list of apps could be added with the battery stats to gain information to better serve  Verizon customers. Perhaps Verizon is looking for a combination of apps that has affected performance of the battery life on its subscriber's handsets. Or the carrier could be looking for a particular app that is a battery hog. Verizon hasn't yet offered an explanation for the new permissions, and the decision whether or not to accept them are ultimately yours.

source: MyVerizon via AndroidCentral

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posted on 15 Jan 2014, 01:15 1

1. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Oh Verizon, this is why we love you.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 02:00 1

2. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


All your informations are belong to us!

(if you don't get the reference please don't correct grammar)

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 02:39

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5615; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


While I had no choice but to have the app as part of the original installed apps on my Maxx, I have not updated the app or run it. VZW can get my $, but not my usage profile.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 07:29

4. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 843; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Sounds like data mining for your big brother should they require it if you ask me.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 16:52

5. trollz (Posts: 28; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Like how at&t sold users call information to the NSA

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 20:50

7. lsutigers (Posts: 710; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


I hate to break it to you but it was published that all of the big 4 carriers, not just AT&T, sell data to the US gov't when requested through a FISA court order.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 19:41

6. tbacba (Posts: 58; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


My guess was they wanted to see if I was using a tethering app, like FoxFi. Sorry Verizon, no update for me!

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