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Skype Qik: Group Video Chat

Skype Qik: Group Video Chat

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App Description

The following description comes from the Google Play Store description of the app:

Introducing Skype Qik (say “quick”), a free* video messenger made for capturing moments and sharing laughs throughout your day. Set up a group and immediately start shooting and swapping videos. Send something to crack your friends up, or show off a new dance move—whatever you want. New messages are added to a chat that you can watch like a movie with a single tap. Qik even lets you erase your video right out of the chat.**

Don’t just send just text or photos. Go full-video with Qik.

What can you do with Qik?

• Create groups in a flash: grab a bunch of friends from your phone’s address book and start a private chat.
• Pre-record and send video clips (Qik Fliks): can’t respond right away? Thumbs-ups, smileys and more, starring you.
• Erase your message and it disappears from the conversation.**
• Keep it fresh—messages are automatically erased from Qik after two weeks.
• Start a conversation any time—no login, usernames, or passwords needed.

* Mobile data rates may apply.. We recommend using an unlimited data plan or WiFi connection.
** It may be possible for recipients to capture and save videos elsewhere before you delete them from Qik.

Sensitive Permissions Used By This App
Permission What Why
Take pictures and videos Can use camera or flashlight on the phone Internal
Use accounts on the device Allows the app to request authentication tokens. It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Add or remove accounts Can manage user's accounts on the phone Internal
Find accounts on the device Can use user's account information stored on the phone Internal
Create accounts and set passwords Can use user's account authentication information (like password) or create new accounts Internal
Read phone status and identity Can read phone's current state information like in-phone call, phone signal, carrier, device ID, and phone number Internal
Can read phone's current state information like in-phone call, phone signal, carrier, device ID, and phone number It appears this app uses this data to identify users for market/customer analysis
Pair with bluetooth devices Can connect to user's Bluetooth devices Internal
Record audio Can record audio through microphone on device Internal
Full network access Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for mobile analytics
Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for utility purposes
Send sms messages Can send SMS messages Internal
Read your contacts Can read user's contact list (phone book) and phone call history Internal
Modify your contacts Can edit contacts on device Not analyzed yet
Receive text messages (sms) Can receive SMS messages Not analyzed yet
Modify or delete the contents of your usb storage Can write to your phone's USB storage Not analyzed yet
Edit your text messages (sms or mms) Allows the app to write to SMS messages stored on your tablet or SIM card. Malicious apps may delete your messages. Not analyzed yet
Read your own contact card Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others. Not analyzed yet
Read your text messages (sms or mms) Can read SMS messages Not analyzed yet
Third Party Libraries Used by this App
Library Usage
Roboguice
Localytics

Privacy Analysis

Version of the app analyzed:

1.4.0.5240-release

App was last analyzed by Privacy Grade on:

02/24/2015

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