quote: It's not some creepy conspiracy to "steal" your information, Maps NEEDS access to your contacts to provide you better service.
quote: Aside from that, no doubt, the functionality you describe is there. However, there is no granular functionality based permission. When I grant an app permissions to these things, its all or nothing. There is no way for me to say "You can use my contacts for this, not that" for example.
quote: that I am somehow a "tin-hat wearer". Try making your point WITHOUT being offensive to the person you are replying to.
quote: My whole point is it takes more than bells and whistles for me to give up my privacy. That's my personal view.