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Constellation

Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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Sorry, I probably was very upset with privacy going mad. I just wanted to add the text, but not reply to Developer1.

These days you buy a phone like buying a trojan horse. And is not a gift.

Who should know your location? GSM network, google services, samsung company, microsoft outlook, Facebook, Viber or you pick one.

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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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Asteroid

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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Asteroid

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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Constellation

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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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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Asteroid

Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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<edit> Developer1 did the work for us (of reading the privacy policy) and Samsung is just using it for their own sake. 

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Constellation

Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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This issue is not solved it is just begining..  Hay Samsung I have 5 current samsung phones,  you dont need permission for my contacts I paid for the phones its not a lease..  there is no shareing turned on at all on my phone.   You and verizon are forcing updates I dont want, I was more than happy, for the first time ever, with oreo on my note 9, it just worked.  now I have to relearn a new system for 6 months till you change it all again.

I am actually looking at apple again because of the privacey issues only.  Thats 5 new $1000 dollar phones, yes I can write a check,  and I wont be switching back.  If this permission issue is not reversed within the next update I will be switching,  I am currently not allowing acess and cant update any apps..   My patence with you and google is wearing very thin.  you have lost all of the lawsuits in the EU over privacey and blanket EULAs,  I dont use any google products or services, and all are turned off on my phone, all of my friends have done the same, enough is enough..   

Solution=  samsung start your own operating system with real security I will buy it and any new hardware needed.  

PS , linux mint user dont like the view inside the orchard or the windows prison..

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Asteroid

Re: Galaxy Store Now Requires Access to Contacts

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You hold Samsung to a different standard than Google even though Samsung is REQUIRING access to use their app store which not even Google does.

 

You should check out the Librem 5 and PinePhone! The software is coming along nicely but they need financial support.

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