> 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.
F-Droid is your friend.
As always, FOSS means you don't have to put up with the bullshit.
F-Droid build all apps they ship from source, including some sort
of grep filter on permissions to catch (and then remove) any code
which is not in the user's best interest, or at minimum flag and
explain the issue in detail to let you decide for yourself.
Otherwise-good apps with flagrant ad-ware or cripple-ware in it
simply gets patched.