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    Default Why does an app need this permission: ACCESS EMAIL PROVIDER DATA

    I was looking at this free Kingsoft Office and here is what it lists among its required permissions:

    "Access email provider data
    Allows this application to access your email database, including received messages, sent messages, usernames and passwords."

    It seems highly suspicious to me even without the usernames and passwords part. Can anyone explain? Should I stay away from such apps? Thanks!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...from_developer
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    Default Re: Why does an app need this permission: ACCESS EMAIL PROVIDER DATA

    OK, so I take it nobody cares why an app downloaded millions of times would ask for these things? To me it seems like a huge risk, so good thing I'm not using it. The developers didn't bother to answer my email either. Great! Check permissions very carefully before you install an app, people!
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    Default Re: Why does an app need this permission: ACCESS EMAIL PROVIDER DATA

    I would assume it would be for compatibility, so that you can open attachments with this app, as said in the needed permissions section of the description.
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    Default Re: Why does an app need this permission: ACCESS EMAIL PROVIDER DATA

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Stough View Post
    I would assume it would be for compatibility, so that you can open attachments with this app, as said in the needed permissions section of the description.
    Why would it need my username and PASSWORD in order to open attachments?

    And please check other office suites, like DocumentsToGo for example. No username and password, just attachments.
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    Default Re: Why does an app need this permission: ACCESS EMAIL PROVIDER DATA

    I'm not justifying it by any means. Just making an assumption based on what is said in the introduction. No need to shoot the messenger.
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    Default Re: Why does an app need this permission: ACCESS EMAIL PROVIDER DATA

    Good point and I think android should give users ability to deny or grant permission to these sensitive infos like blackberry does

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    Default Re: Why does an app need this permission: ACCESS EMAIL PROVIDER DATA

    Quote Originally Posted by a111b222c333 View Post
    Why would it need my username and PASSWORD in order to open attachments?

    And please check other office suits, like DocumentsToGo for example. No username and password, just attachments.
    All of the other office apps require that same permission. This developer, however, chose to include that specific piece of information in its permission instead of just the generic one.
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    Default Re: Why does an app need this permission: ACCESS EMAIL PROVIDER DATA

    Quote Originally Posted by JHBThree View Post
    All of the other office apps require that same permission. This developer, however, chose to include that specific piece of information in its permission instead of just the generic one.
    Interesting. It's definitely worth looking into this a bit more deeply.

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