The author is not an attorney. What you do with the Text Collector app and the information on this site is your responsibility.
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The Verizon Messages+ Backup Viewer¶
The author is not affiliated with Verizon. Verizon is a trademark of Verizon Trademark Services, LLC.
The Text Collector App¶
The Legal Text Collector Android app is copyright 2017-2023 by Josiah Ulfers. All rights reserved.
The software is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and noninfringement. In no event shall the authors or copyright holders be liable for any claim, damages or other liability, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise, arising from, out of or in connection with the software or the use or other dealings in the software.
Your personal data does not leave your phone. Text Collector keeps data only in protected storage so that other (non-root) apps cannot access it.
The Text Collector app can send anonymous usage statistics to legaltextcollector.com. It reports statistics only if you explicitly opt in.
These statistics do not include any information that can identify any individual.
That is, Text Collector never reports any “personally identifiable information” to this site or any third party. In particular, Text Collector does not report:
Your name or contact information
Names or contact information from your address book
Content of your messages
Specific message metadata
The information that is reported includes the number of messages collected, how long the collection took and other similar data in aggregate form. It also includes the make and model of your phone, plus the versions Android and Text Collector installed.
When Text Collector or the Verizon Messages+ Backup Viewer encounter certain types of errors, they offer an option to email firstname.lastname@example.org. If the error was caused by a particular text message, you can optionally include the text message data in the error report.
This is never sent automatically; you must explicitly choose to send a report for each error.
If you include text message content in your report, the text message content will only be used to troubleshoot the error. It will be deleted as soon as the error has been diagnosed.
Use of Android permissions¶
Text Collector uses these Android permissions:
- Identity, Phone, Device ID & call information
To display your own name and contact information on the output PDF.
To display names from your address book
To copy your text messages for rendering to PDF
- Make and manage phone calls
To read owner’s phone number, on some HTC phones only
- Access photos, media and files
To copy pictures and attachments, on some LG and Alcatel phones only
- Network connections & access
To report anonymous usage data, only if you explictly opt in
- Prevent device from sleeping
To avoid collections being delayed by phone going to sleep
This permissions request dialog from Android says that the same permission allows both sending messages and reading them:
Despite what this dialog says, Text Collection never sends messages and does not even request the “send” permission.