Facebook Android app update is insane …

… even for me.  I’ve been saying for a while that the privacy is pretty much dead, but this new update of Facebook Android app is asking for way too may permissions even for my taste.  Some of the things that it “needs” now are: access to make phone calls without user intervention, accessing information about other running applications, and drawing over other applications’ screens, so you won’t even know anymore who is responsible for what you are seeing.

When I got an update notification, I thought, at first, that that was a mistake of some sort or a really late and lame April 1st joke.  Albeit it’s not.  Even Slashdot runs the story.

For now, I’ll hold the old version.  Maybe Facebook will rectify this new change.  If not, then I’ll get rid of it and go back to Twitter and, possibly, Google+.

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  1. well, privacy is dead… for a long time! It doesn’t surprise me to see Facebook doing this. What was really funny was to see the Carrefour Cyprus Android app asking for all the possible permissions -- and this for an app with 2 screenshots in the marketplace, displaying only some “offers”… probably the developers didn’t even bother to pick the appropriate permissions for it.

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