Dictionary.com discreetly updates app permissions to spy on your phone

Dictionary.com is begging to be placed on the crowdsourced Android Blacklist. Following incremental updates to both its freemium and premium apps, the popular glossary solution has discreetly added seven intrusive new permissions. The privacy-unfriendly move was spotted by Reddit sleuth Snotbot who took to the Android subreddit to warn the rest of the community against the changes. The newly added permissions stipulate that, among other things, Dictionary.com has now been authorized to access your precise location (GPS and network-based if enabled), read your phone status and ID, retrieve running apps, pair with Bluetooth devices and view your Wi-Fi connections. What…

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