App Privacy Protection

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Post » Sat May 09, 2015 10:09 am

hey everybody,

my game is listed on a big german game site Chip.de. They started to check apps about how many permissions they are using. The app gets an overall app-risk-rating at the end.

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My game Battle Wizard Attack has only 9% what is very good. I could not find any other app with a lower rating so far. It is made with C2+Crosswalk and I am using these plugins: Admob, ScreenOrientation, LocalNotification, GameService, ShareviaSNS, RateApp, GoogleAnalytics, StatusBar, LocalStorage, Browser and PowerManagement.

On installation my app requires only these permissions:

android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE
android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE
android.permission.INTERNET
android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

In IntelXDK I set storage to only internal so I don't know why that is required. Does anybody know how to reduce these? Does Admob require Network & Wifi access? It would be great to have an overview about what plugin requires permissions.

My risk-rating is only 9% but would love to maybe even get a 0%^^. In Germany it is very important. Many apps have around 35% because of collecting a lot of private user data.

Let me know what you think about privacy protection and if it is worth dropping a plugin for less permissions. :-)
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Post » Sat May 09, 2015 10:13 am

I just saw they also found these third party components on it:

com.google.analytics
org.apache.cordova
javax.annotation.meta
com.squareup.okhttp
com.google.tagmanager
com.google.ads

So I guess the 9% are mostly caused by ads and analytics :-)
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Post » Sat May 09, 2015 1:24 pm

You can look up permissions in a plugin's .xml file.
e.g. for Cranberry's Phonegap Game plugin
line 42 - android.permission.INTERNET
line 43 - android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE

I'm also concerned about privacy, but haven't need to use any restrictions so far, maybe later, in the future when I'll want to add more features to my apps. I think, your rating is good. When your plugins are from a trusted source, there's no need to change anything.
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