In Security and Privacy, Terminal has access to Contacts. It also has access to Calendars, Reminders, and Photos.

Why does Terminal have access to them? I do not know of any Terminal feature which requires them.

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    searching like find etc, can require access to contacts
    – anki
    Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 22:52
  • @anki: why would find require access to contacts?!
    – smci
    Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 4:11
  • @smci if a program wants to read files related to contacts like in user Library folder , macos takes it as wanting access to contacts.
    – anki
    Commented Oct 9, 2020 at 5:22

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It doesn’t need access - say no to the request.

Unless you want some program that runs inside terminal to look at your user data, just decline these requests.

This is covered in the security part Data protections - https://www.apple.com/macos/catalina/features/ - you are seeing the ask to allow looking into that data store / folder.

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