Why does Android’s Google Maps need access to your personal contacts list?

Google has updated the Maps app for Android. The update says the app now requires access to your contacts list.

Why?

To share with their business partner, the NSA? Who knows? I can only guess that they now wish to alert you to the locations of your contacts, on the map, based on their location, or something.

Would be nice if they would provide an explanation when seeking permission to install the updates. Instead all they say is this permission “Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.”

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