There’s been a lot of unrest lately with Adobe’s updated Reader software that’s requesting permissions to access e-mail. Users left tons of one-star negative comments and reviews on the official page on the Android Market but things aren’t as bad as they seem.
Adobe has updated the What’s New section on the Market page to reflect and explain the permission issue: “Permission to read Gmail and default Email client – Enables users to open Gmail and default Email client PDF attachments using Adobe Reader only when users select the application to view PDF files. This permission is required because of a known limitation with the Android platform.”
So there you have it! In case you were wondering, Adobe is not trying to read your email nor distribute it in a matter that would severely violate your privacy. It’s just that, because of the Android platform limitation, Adobe Reader asks for permission to do what you instruct it to do. You need to read a PDF inside an email, the app asks you for permission to access that email and open the PDF file from within.