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Are App Permissions an Identity Theft Risk? Or, Worse? Or, Not at All?

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SecurityAndroid* Identity theft
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When I read the number of permissions some Android apps need, I fee stunned.  How do you experts react when you see this much authority being asked for?  Looking at the list below, for a VERY popular app, seems like, if the developed wanted to, from his keyboard he could open up my phone and very nearly know everything that's on it.  Am I right?  What's the risk here?  And, how do you manage it?  

I believe in the newer Android I can manually disable each one of these permissions.  I'm guessing that will affect the app performance in the long run.  

But, from the time the app is installed, if it takes me 5 to 10 minutes to drill down to each permission and turn it off, by that time couldn't a bad actor have pretty much imaged my phone with all the permissions seen here?

This app has access to:
Device & app history
retrieve running apps
read sensitive log data
Phone
directly call phone numbers
Photos/Media/Files
read the contents of your USB storage
modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
Storage
read the contents of your USB storage
modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
Camera
take pictures and videos
Wi-Fi connection information
view Wi-Fi connections
Other
modify secure system settings
pair with Bluetooth devices
access Bluetooth settings
change network connectivity
connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
full network access
close other apps
change your audio settings
control Near Field Communication
run at startup
reorder running apps
control vibration
prevent device from sleeping
modify system settings
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