Shortly after pulling out its social networking platform Google+, the company announced that only default Android Apps will be granted access to Call Logs and SMS Data. After having understood the ramifications of the security bug that prompted the company to pull out Google+, the company is now making considerable changes to the permissions granted to third party developers.
This is planned to effectively give users more control over the data that can be shared with apps. The company has launched a review, called the Project Strobe, which looks into the access granted to third party developers of Android apps.
The move aims to prevent the chance of abuse of access, by curbing the chances of leakage of call and text log data. Apps are expected to only request for permission for the purpose of functioning smoothly, but this has also ended up with apps seeking permission to access phone and SMS data without proper justification.
Source : ZDNet