Verizon Wireless – Denies Android AppFlash is Spyware

Verizon Wireless has responded to public accusations that AppFlash is a spyware program. Verizon was going to start installing AppFlash in coming months to all their customers Android devices. This application is a application launcher and web search utility.

However, Kelly Crummey the Director of Corporate Communications at Verizon is quoted as saying:

"As we said earlier this week, we are testing AppFlash to make app discovery better for consumers. The test is on a single phone – LG K20 V – and you have to opt-in to use the app. Or, you can easily disable the app.

Nobody is required to use it. Verizon is committed to your privacy. Visit www.verizon.com/about/privacy to view our Privacy Policy."

In looking into this incident further I found out that Verizon is already obtaining quite a bit of data from their customers already. Their built in application My Verizon collects a ton of information about you. This application has access to following information:

* Device and application history
* Running applications
* Cellular data settings
* Change or intercept network settings as well as traffic
* Find accounts
* Calendar events and confidential information
* Can add or modify calendar events and send email without your knowledge
* Read contacts
* Modify contact
* Approximate location
* Precise location
* Access provider commands
* Read your text messages
* Receive text messages
* Send SMS messages
* Edit text messages
* Call phone numbers
* Reroute outgoing calls
* Read call log
* Read phone status as well as identity
* Write call log
* Read contents of USB storage
* Modify or delete contents of USB storage
* Take pictures as well as videos
* Record audio
* View Wi-Fi connections
* Read phone status as well as identity
* Update component usage information
* Read your historical network use
* Force device to reboot
* Modify security system settings
* Receive Internet data
* View network connections
* Create accounts as well as set passwords
* Read battery information
* Pair Bluetooth devices
* Access Bluetooth information
* Change network connection
* Connect as well as disconnect from WiFi
* Delete application cache
* Control a flashlight
* Measure application storage information
* Full network accessibility
* Close Applications
* Change audio settings
* Begins at startup
* Draw over applications
* Control device vibration
* Prevent device sleep mode
* Edit system settings
* Read Google service settings

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