You probably already know by now that most smartphone apps require access to some of your data to work, whether that’s your contacts, text messages, or photos. It’s where that line is drawn that’s important, and apparently Indian apps are worse at this than others.
According to data security firm Arrka Consulting, which conducts a study of apps every year, some Indian Android apps require as 45 percent more user permissions than their global counterparts. This could include access to your SMS messages, microphone and camera, call logs, and much more. In addition, at least one-third of these permissions they demand aren’t even necessary for the apps’ core functions to work.
It’s bad enough that Indian apps are demanding so much of your personal data, but you can imagine what they’re doing with all of it. Yep, apparently this user data ends up being shared with third party advertisers and more. In particular, most of it ends up in the hands of the two biggest data siphons in the world – Google and Facebook.
According to the study, these aren’t just small-time apps either. On the contrary, they were fairly established Indian names, each with at least a million downloads across iOS and Android.
Arrka Consulting found that in some cases Indian apps were even demanding three times as many permissions as similar international apps. On average, they collected about eight permissions from a user to run.