No kidding. I had to look through dozens of "flashlight" apps to find one that didn't want my calendar, SMS, internet access, and GPS.
The Android permission system blows goats. It's not just the "all or nothing" approach to app acceptance. It runs deeper. It's also the app store itself, where I can't restrict (or prioritize) search results based on permissions demanded.
Using aSpotCat, under android.permission-group.PERSONAL_INFO I've got AdService, Chrome, Firefox, Gmail, Google Play, Pebble, and RunKeeper. I've had to bail on the installation of close to fifty apps to keep this list this short.
Basically the Android security model deters me from actually installing software, to the point where I no longer regard it as a platform.
This xmas between an Android tablet and an eReader, I'm likely to get an eReader (Kobo here in Canada), which is not a platform either, and doesn't play one on TV.
I was reading reviews that commented that a Kobo Aura is about the price of a servicable, entry level tablet from Walmart. Several of the reviewers commented "you might as well get the full Android platform for the price". What platform? Android is mainly a platform for sharing far more about myself than I wish to divulge with strangers I don't even know. Whatever information is gleaned will never be under my control ever again: it will almost certainly be amalgamated from one low-life to another ad nausium.
I'd be quite happy if not a single vendor knew my location ever, who wasn't providing me with a map for my own purposes (such as RunKeeper). If they need to know, I'll tell them. Yet 90% of Android applications demand to hoover this up and the Google play store provides no mechanism to put these applications on a personal shit list, so that better-behaved applications float to the top of the candidate list.
Android: Death by a thousand peeping toms. Where's well-behaved Waldo? Crushed by the throng. Eventually Diogenes tires of visiting the Turkish baazar and begins to subsist on juniper berries.