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Apps need to ask permission to use the address book

In a recent techcrunch article the author suggests that OSX should prompt the user when an app wants to access your address book. I initially thought that this was a good idea... but that did not last long. If you've used a recent version of Windows you've been prompted a hundred times a second for one permission or another.

There is no doubt that we need to have our apps sanboxed but the price is going to be a lot of user friction and could ultimately cripple OSX. I think I'd prefer something like little snitch.

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  1. The author also suggested another solution - that we can allow or disallow access via a setting. I think this is a good idea - "always", "never", or "prompt".

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  2. That's the Microsoft way... You might as well promote the user to admin and be done with it. I cannot tell you the number of times that Little Snitch (similar) prompts me to let an application connect to a specific host/port. The worst part is that it happens when I'm in the middle of something and LS takes focus and whatever then next key presses might be. Many times that's an accidental approval or denial.

    I like LS' approach to it because I do not care if the app has my address book. There is nothing it can do with it unless I give the app access to the next. However accidents happen.

    When installing the app the user should be allowed to decide whether it's sandboxed or not and you should be able to change that attribute.

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