Most of the smartphone apps require access to some of your data to work, whether that's your contacts, text messages, or photos. It's where that line is drawn that's important, and apparently Indian apps are worse at this than others. According to data security firm Arrka Consulting, some apps require 45% more user permissions than their global counterparts which could include access to your SMS messages, microphone, camera, call logs, and much more. In addition, at least one-third of these permissions they demand aren't even necessary for the apps' core functions to work. It's bad that these apps are demanding so much of your personal data, but can you imagine what they're doing with all of it. Apparently, this user data ends up being shared with third party advertisers and also in the hands of the two biggest data siphons in the world-Google and Facebook. They were fairly established Indian names; each with at least a million downloads across iOS and Android. Firm found that in some cases Indian apps were even demanding three times as many permissions as similar international apps and on an average; they collected about eight permissions from a user to run.
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