These situations speak to two issues: Apps that demand permissions that they don’t need, and “smart” and internet of things devices that make formerly simple tasks very complicated, and open up potential privacy and security concerns. […] It’s unclear why apps that are designed to let you set the type of washing cycle you want, or see how long it’s gonna take for the dryer to be done, would need access to your phone’s contacts. In an FAQ for another Samsung app, the company says it needs access to contacts “to check if you already have a Samsung account set up in your device. Knowing this information helps mySamsung to make the sign-in process seamless.” The report recommends using a newer app called SmartThings App, “which has less invasive permission requirements compared to the older apps.” The SmartThings app doesn’t list any required permissions, indicating that “you can use the app without optional permissions, but some functions may be limited.”
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