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How can I tell what Connected Apps have been doing?

How can I tell what Connected Apps have been doing?

magnush
Explorer | Level 3

I've just noticed that several apps I've used over the last five years, have had access to my ENTIRE dropbox for that time.

 

This seems crazy to me, surely it would make more sense to limit them to just one specific folder each?  Is there any way to do that?

 

How can I tell which files these apps have accessed in that time?  Is there an access log?  I couldn't find one.

 

What scrutiny do app developers under go, how do we know they aren't simply copying everyone's private files?

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Re: How can I tell what Connected Apps have been doing?

Mark
Super User II

When you give apps authorisation to your Dropbox upon the link up it tells you what they have access to and what they are after - you have to agree to full access or they cannot get it. 

 

There is no way to change what/where they can connect, the developer would need to do that. 

 

There is also no access logs etc. as there are no such logs for Dropbox. 

 

All of the Developer policy things is available at https://www.dropbox.com/developers


 


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Re: How can I tell what Connected Apps have been doing?

Jay
Dropboxer
Hi @magnush, you can find out which apps have access to your Dropbox account from the following page

Some apps only have access to a private folder in the Apps folder on your account, or full access to your Dropbox account. It isn't possible to restrict an app to a specific folder if they need full access to your account.

Generally, the apps would only make changes to your account via the app itself, if you edit a file or make changes yourself. There are some automated service which, for example, could backup a site onto your Dropbox account. However, you'd still need to enable these automated services yourself.

Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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