What Permissions Not to Ask For

published on February 19, 2013 in technical

Today I tried ti link my linkedin.com profile with my twitter account, so that my tweets get posted there, too. But I didn't do it.

1. Why?

My answer is short. This is why:

It wanted permission to follow people and update my profile.

Why would they want that? I feel a bit disturbed by the fact that linkedin wants to be able to change my profile, or follow people in my name. That is like using my phone to make their dirty calls.

Robert Nyman wrote a post on this, which is a bit more elaborate; he points out a few more things around this subject. Read it, it's good.

Next time when you allow access to your data to some application, first read carefully what it will have access to, then decide.