Granting permissions to apps takes a certain level of trust—trust that an app is honest about the parts of your phone’s hardware and operating system it has access to, and what it does with the data therein. Trust is especially crucial with VPN apps, the point of which is to obfuscate your mobile internet activity from unwanted data snoops.
The last thing you need is an app that should be protecting your identity leaking out important information.
In the spirit of that transparency, the folks at The Best VPN performed an audit into the permissions asked by 81 Android VPN apps available in the Google Play Store. What they found is unsettling: several readily available VPN apps may be accessing more data than they should be.