What we're looking at here is the first launch of the official Twitter app for Android, running on the BlissPop custom ROM
. Thanks to the baked in permissions manager from CyanogenMod (and OS), I was able to block Twitter from helping itself to my address book before I even logged in to my account
Twitter's likely defence would be that it's only providing a means to help you find your friends on the service. Why then, does the app not hold off until I use that specific feature?
I'll tell you why... Back at the dawn of the Facebook era there was a saying that if you weren't paying for the product then you were
the product—that is, your personal information was being bought and sold by advertisers. The same holds true for the modern day smartphone user, it seems, with your contact list as the currency-of-choice.
Protection from these egregious requests has been available to rooted users for a long time, but a proper permissions manager for stock Android is only coming with its next major revision
. That upgrade can't come soon enough.