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

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.

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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7 Comments

1. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Oh Verizon, this is why we love you.

2. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

All your informations are belong to us! (if you don't get the reference please don't correct grammar)

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

4. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

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

5. trollz

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

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

7. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

6. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 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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