I couldn't agree more, I'm terribly disappointed in Samsung. Explain to me why you need access to my contacts so I can use the Galaxy Store app? What data are you mining on my phone ?
Yeah not to mention the ads that you have to watch now when downloading a simple wallpaper or trying to just download an app from the Samsung store. I'm sticking to Google play store for everything from here on out
"Contacts" is misleading. There is more than your email and phone number plus address. It also encompasses everything about the hardware, Ser No, IMEI, network (mobile), firmware, software version build. The kitchen sink.
And it allows mapping what apps are installed. How often you email or call a contact.
I found an Apple dev page on contact framework but not the one I read somewhat recently on the subject - esp for the person jumping to iOS.
I tried Google, XDA, other likely sources.
How about allowing the stupid unnecessary Contacts permission, just long enough to update, if you actually need something from Galaxy Store, and then deny permission; would this solve it - anyone?
They still win every time you grant them access. This is just an evasive ploy to keep monitizing users data without consent. Until we have laws like the EU, these mega companies will continue to data mine through 1s and 0s. Absolutely appalling.
This appears to apply to all Galaxy series. Requiring access to my phone and/or contacts not only violates my privacy but forces me to violate the privacy of all those in my contacts. They have not given permission to reveal their information.
I see no valid reason why Samsung needs access to my associates to update those apps Samsung installed and already exist on my phone such as the clock, gallery, others.