Scrutiny of movie ticket booking apps

Are you willing to give this level of access to an App on your smartphone just to book a movie ticket?


If you want to book a movie ticket to watch a show at the time of your convenience you would like to book the ticket from one of the apps on your smartphone. Right?

In the past when you went to watch a movie, there was an intrinsic air of anonymity in the movie watching experience.

That is how it should be. But wait, have you ever looked at the permissions your movie booking app makes you to agree to when you were installing it. Now look at permissions list of the most downloaded movie booking apps.

BookMyShow



You can read the details given on the permissions pop up on the App's page
under Additional Information > Permissions - view details


App's page of  Book My Show

In Google's words

This app has access to:

Device & app history
  • read sensitive log data
  • retrieve running apps
Identity
  • find accounts on the device
Contacts
  • find accounts on the device
  • read your contacts
Location
  • approximate location (network-based)
  • precise location (GPS and network-based)
SMS
  • read your text messages (SMS or MMS)
  • receive text messages (SMS)
  • send SMS messages
Phone
  • read phone status and identity
Photos/Media/Files
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
  • read the contents of your USB storage
Storage
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
  • read the contents of your USB storage
Device ID & call information
  • read phone status and identity
Other
  • receive data from Internet
  • control vibration
  • run at startup
  • read Google service configuration
  • prevent device from sleeping
  • view network connections
  • full network access
  • send sticky broadcast

 Let us look at one more popular app in this category

PVR



You can read the details given on the permissions pop up on the App's page
under Additional Information > Permissions - view details
This App asks for access to your smartphone's camera along with other permissions listed above.

Apps page of  PVR Cinemas


Now as laymen let us the assume these apps need all these capabilities to function properly. Now I will list three other recently developed apps that are listed in the Google's play store in this category.

Movie Ticket Booking Apps that do not ask for any special permissions on your smartphones

Book Movie Show



App's page for Book Movie Show

Movie Tickets - Free App



App's Page for Movie Tickets - Free App

Book Movie Tickets Online



App's page for Book Movie Tickets Online

Top Movie Ticket Booking Apps that ask for a few special permissions

Justickets



App's page for Justickets

TicketNew




App's page for TicketNew