How to manage BlackBerry PlayBook app permissions

The BlackBerry PlayBook, is solid engineering from both a hardware and software (using a robust industry leading QNX operating system) perspective. It’s just a shame that when it first launched (v1.0) it was priced too high (to compete with the iPad) and it came a little light on basic functionality namely no native email client – even though RIM is well known for being the leader in messaging services.

Earlier this year RIM updated v1.0 with v2.0 which came with native email and native email in a unified inbox, and built-in calendar and contacts apps. So it was expected that more new customers (I’m one of those) would be willing to part with their cash and opt for the updated PlayBook. Quite a few have, namely for the updated messaging capability, but it does appear the 2.0 release has been left behind with Apple leading the field and Samsung driving very hard in what is left of the tablet (or should that be “iPad” space).

So for those of you who have opted for the PlayBook, and do not know how to manage your app permissions and want to protect your privacy, I will show you how. Why would you want to revisit your app permissions? You might have inadvertently accepted an apps permission but don’t know how to change these permissions.

How to access high-level app permissions
From the HOME screen, Tap the sprocket (top right hand side) or pull down from the top frame to access the ‘Settings’ menu then TAP > Security then Tap > Application Permissions. From here you can manage the security permissions for all your PlayBook applications.

You can ALLOW, DENIED or PROMPT the following application permissions. By default all installed apps will ALLOW specific permissions. Here are the high-level API (Application Protocol Interface) permissions for app management on the BlackBerry PlayBook:

  • Device identifying information – Allows the app to access information that uniquely identifies your tablet. This could be used to track information about you and your usage patterns.
  • Files – Allows the app to access your pictures, music, documents and other files. This could potentially be used to share your personal data.
  • GPS location – Allows the app to get access to your GPS location. This could potentially be used to track your movement or share your location with other services.
  • Camera – Allows the app to take pictures and record video. This could potentially be used to detect your surroundings.
  • Microphone – Allows the app to record sound through the microphone. This could potentially be used to monitor your conversations.

Note: Some PlayBook apps require specific permissions to work.

Safe surfing folks!

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  2. Mark says:

    Thanks for your help

  3. Jill says:

    Thing is, if you deny the permission the app wants, it won’t work. Some of the apps want access to everything, without an apparent need.

  4. Patti F says:

    What if application is not listed in list? (example: YouVersion)

  5. Vitor says:

    hello i have instaled some aplications on my playbook that doesnt apeer on that security menu, do you know other way to change the aplications permitions?

    • Julian says:

      #Vitor# I’ve noticed that and with BB10. Right now, it appears BlackBerry have not fixed this permission problem. 🙁

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