Nick Saint reports that Google has responded to concerns raised about apps leaking personal information:
…. Here’s the statement we received from a Google spokesman:
When installing an application from Android Market, users see a screen that explains clearly what information the application has permission to access, such as a user’s location or contacts. Users must explicitly approve this access in order to continue with the installation, and they may un install applications at any time. Any third party code included in an application is bound by these same permissions. We consistently advise users to only install apps they trust.
Read more on SFGate. Sounds like they’re saying, “Don’t blame us, blame the users for not reading what they’re consenting to or the apps developers if they’re not sticking to their promises.”