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Does google's Android phones need access to Exchange's contact's as well or does it seek to access only its gmail contacts only?

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Hi:
 I've searched around the Internet quite a bit but so far, I haven't seen the distinction of permissions Android phones want full permissions where Contacts are conerned.  
So, when installing a Google Play app and it displays needing access to "Contacts" amongst many other permissions, does anyone know if the Contact permissions pertain only to Google's gmail contact's or ALL contacts such as those from an Exchange and Locally placed on the sim card?
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I believe your question can be answered here, https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/6014972?hl=en
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Thanks for the link.  However, I don't see any specifics on whether it accesses just gmail's contact stuff and/or our Exchange's corporate contact's as too.  One would hope that Google would Not be that intrusive to want access to corporate information that is totally unrelated to gmail hence, my initial question.
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Your right I don't see the specifics either. Sorry about that. Exchange I hope in your case would be setup as a secure connection. I do believe exchange is setup on your phone to connect to a private server correct?

Maybe this site has more info on what google play collects as info. https://www.google.ca/intl/en/policies/privacy/
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It does connect directly to an Exchange server with its own policy permissions setup from the Exchange server.  However, google's apps like permissions to a lot of stuff on their Droid phones including Contacts but, I'm  not sure those contact permissions are only limited to google's gmail contacts OR all and any contact list on the phone including the corporate Exchange e-mail from the office...
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I think that would only apply if you have used active sync. Since active sync is no longer supported by google I would assume they cannot get contact info from your exchange server. Not only that the app would also need the exchange server permission polices wich is highly unlikely on a secure connection.
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I was thinking the same.  However, I was just seeking confirmation.  So, I've gone straight to the source and posted my question here:  https://connect.googleforwork.com/message/28601#28601
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If I receive a clear answer/response, I'll post it here...
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Let us know the response you get. I went there now it's under maintenance.
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Lol. Must be typing at the same time.
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I'm under the impression that contacts are contacts. It's referencing those on your local phone. Those contacts are usually gathered from your sim card as well as whatever accounts you choose to sync your contacts. Most of the time your contacts sync by default unless you tell them not to in your phone's account settings.
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This is the response I received from Google for Work and Connect which is what I kind of expected and just wanted confirmation.

http://developer.android.com/reference/android/Manifest.permission.html#READ_CONTACTS
"If you are talking about an Android app with permission to read contacts, it can read any contacts on the phone:  Manifest.permission | Android Developers isn't very helpful but on a phone if you go to Settings->Contacts->Accounts, that should show you the accounts that this permission will grant access.

Regards,
KAM"

So, here is the question that really led up to my initial question:
I am ultimately looking for a way to securely manage passwords for a customer.  However, since too many Android apps want access to my contacts list, I evidently do not want to maintain the passwords words of client systems (routers, servers, AP, managed switches, etc...) on my phone.
Can anyone provide a recommendation(s) or two as to how to manage this kind of sensitive password information securely on a mobile device?
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It was the ONLY SOLUTION/ANSWER OBTAINED DIRECTLY FORM GOOGLE!
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