I have tried to publish my app in Google play console, in the end the APK that is compiled by VS/Xamarin says it uses permission READ_PHONE_STATE, therefore requires a privacy statement URL to be present to roll out the app. I'm not sure how this permission is being added. I don't have it enabled in AndroidManifest.xml.
Any idea how this is being added?
Is there a workaround to remove this permission? something like