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Google apps requesting Record Audio & Camera Access saw big spikes YoY

Piotr Boiwka
Sep 29, 2021 12:27:40 PM

3 things to know

  • Google Play Store app are requesting more “dangerous permissions” than ever before
  • Apps requesting access to the device’s Microphone increased 21% year-over-year in H1 2021
  • Apps requesting access to the device’s Camera increased 13% year-over-year in H1 2021

Almost all “dangerous permissions” with potentially significant privacy implications requested by apps from the Google Play Store have become more common in 2021. However, the spike of apps requesting access to the device’s Microphone (for Audio Recording) and device’s Camera are particularly noteworthy.

Most common dangerous permissions in Google Play Store

Record Audio: Google Play Store apps requesting access to the device’s microphone rose 21% in H1 2021

The number of apps with Record Audio permission increased the most significantly in the first half of 2021, up 21% year-over-year compared to the first half of 2020. With over 374,000 Google Play Store apps requesting access to the device’s microphone and recording audio, it is among the most common “dangerous permissions” distinguished in the Dangerous permissions report.

Chart Increase of apps requesting Record Audio permission in Google Play Store

Camera Access: Google Play Store app requesting this permission rose 13% in H1 2021

A quarter (859,000) of all Google Play Store apps requested access to the camera in H1 2021. This number increased by 13% YoY, and the Camera Access was the fourth-highest rise among the nine “dangerous permissions” closely studied in the report. Of those nine, Camera Access was the third-most common “dangerous permission.”

Chart Increase of apps requesting Camera Access permission in Google Play Store

Pixalate will continue to monitor “dangerous permissions” among apps in the Google Play Store and report on the latest trends.

To learn more about dangerous permissions in Google Play Store and current trends in the field, download the H1 2021 Mobile App ‘Dangerous Permissions’ Report for free.

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You can also watch our webinar on October 7, 2021, we will review this data - and other data about risk factors in the mobile in-app ecosystem — in greater detail. 

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