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ccalberti
Asteroid

Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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The Samsung Galaxy Apps Store app now requires access to Contacts in order to function.  This seems to have occurred since the last Samsung firmware upgrade.  This is not required by Googlre Play, for example even with the most recent Android upgrade.  What is the reason for this fundamental breach of privacy?  Samsung does not need access to my contacts to seel me apps or upgrade existing apps and firmware.  I am very disappointed in Samsung, as this egregious change in policy flies in the face of current trends to protect basic privacy rights.

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Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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At this time the permissions would be required in order to use the app. There are no known work-arounds that I could offer. However, I appreciate your feedback and will tag it on the forum so that it will appear with other feedback, ideas, and requests. This will allow your post to be more easily found in the event that Samsung product groups are seeking outside feedback/requests/ideas regarding our products.

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Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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I believe you need that permission to share the app example If you want someone else to get a certain app instead of just telling them you can can share the link to the app with your contacts 


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ccalberti
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Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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That is not correct.  I am not able to open the Galaxy Store on my Note 9 as I have withheld permission to access contacts.  I have no interest in sharing any app with anyone.  There is no business reason whatsoever for Samsung to require access to my Contacts, expect to exploit that access for their own gains through marketing, etc.  This is a fundamental violation of my privacy, imposed after I shelled out over $1000 for this phone, without obtaining my consent.  Now, is there a workaround?

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userbYrkdVsMvZ
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Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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I agree. Samsung has no business accessing contacts just to upgrade apps. I chose not to install Samsung Health for this very reason.

 

I was planning to buy Note 10 , but this is it. Final nail on the coffin. Will jump ship to Apple. 

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Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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At this time the permissions would be required in order to use the app. There are no known work-arounds that I could offer. However, I appreciate your feedback and will tag it on the forum so that it will appear with other feedback, ideas, and requests. This will allow your post to be more easily found in the event that Samsung product groups are seeking outside feedback/requests/ideas regarding our products.

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ccalberti
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Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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So, I was correct.  Access to Contacts is now required.  Please tell me, and everyone else who follows this exchange, (1) what rights Samsung has to make use of my Contacts now if I give them access, and (2) if I will be able to update my apps or firmware if I refuse to give access to my contacts. 

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Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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I would agree with @GaryB82, I believe it is so you are able to share an app with one of your contacts. Also, I do not believe you can update the apps without the use of Galaxy App Store. However, your firmware is updated through Google, and the option is in your Settings so this shouldn't be an issue. It is your choice if you choose to use the app(s).

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ccalberti
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Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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What do you mean, share an app with one of my contacts?  I want to know how Samsung will use my Contact information.

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Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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I also share the concerns mentioned. I do not want Samsung Galaxy Store to get access to my contacts, especially if it is unclear what the app will do with my contact information.

 

I am very disappointed that there is no workaround for this. If I don't want to share my contacts with Samsung, I have to go without updates, which leaves me to security risks. Furthermore this is about Samsung Default-Apps, which cannot be uninstalled. Makes this issues even more painful.

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userbYrkdVsMvZ
Astronaut

Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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@SamsungRei wrote:

I would agree with @GaryB82, I believe it is so you are able to share an app with one of your contacts. Also, I do not believe you can update the apps without the use of Galaxy App Store. However, your firmware is updated through Google, and the option is in your Settings so this shouldn't be an issue. It is your choice if you choose to use the app(s).



The right design/approach would have been to ask for permission if/when someone tries to share a link not when performing a completely unrelated task.

 

Using the above logic, every app will need access to everything on the phone. Perhaps our bank account details too?

 

 

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