Is someone spying on you?

I decided to write this post as I became a little angry with one of our competitors whose news release implied that they now have computer control and as I looked into it, I found their iPhone and Android Apps are just vehicles to spread the word about their hardware.

The only system offering Computer Controlled PEMF Systems for clinical use is the Curatron 2000 PC and Curatron 2000 3D

One of our competitors today, released a smartphone app for Android and iPhone. I thought I’d download it to check it out but I became a little fearful. The install screen warned me that this App simply was too risky to install. The list of things it had access to were well outside the range of what it should have access to? Why would the app need access to my camera? Why would it need access to my photos and media files? Why would it need access to my microphone? Why would it need my device id and phone number?

The actual list on the install screen is:

This app has access to:

  • Device & app history
    Allows the app to view one or more of: information about activity on the device, which apps are running, browsing history and bookmarks
  • Location
    Uses the device’s location
  • Photos/Media/Files
    Uses one or more of: files on the device such as images, videos, or audio, the device’s external storage
  • Camera
    Uses the device’s camera(s)
  • Microphone
    Uses the device’s microphone(s)
  • Wi-Fi connection information
    Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and names of connected Wi-Fi devices
  • Device ID & call information
    Allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call
  • Other
    receive data from Internet

I opted not to install it and I’d prefer not to identify the competitor.
The install info on my Android reads:


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ADDED July 18, 2016

I am an Android user. Over the past weekend I received some criticism from an iPhone user who said that my rant about permissions was not accurate. Below, I have included the details that Google Play displays when installing this app.
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Version 1.0 can access:
Device & app history
  • read sensitive log data
  • retrieve running apps
Location
  • precise location (GPS and network-based)
Phone
  • read phone status and identity
Photos/Media/Files
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
  • read the contents of your USB storage
Storage
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
  • read the contents of your USB storage
Camera
  • take pictures and videos
Microphone
  • record audio
Wi-Fi connection information
  • view Wi-Fi connections
Device ID & call information
  • read phone status and identity
Other
  • receive data from Internet
  • read Google service configuration
  • prevent device from sleeping
  • full network access
  • view network connections
  • send sticky broadcast
  • pair with Bluetooth devices
  • access Bluetooth settings
  • control vibration
  • draw over other apps

These sorts of warnings scare me off. I did not do the install 

Not being an iPhone user, I did try twice and came back to the Android world, where I’ll stay.

There are a couple of options that came to mind:

  • iPhone software does not advise the user what risks he or she is taking.
  • The Apple folks required the developer to clean up his act.
  • The iPhone software allows items like the above and does not give the user the chance.

 

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