Apple is under heavy fire over its privacy policies.
Earlier this year, it was discovered that third-party iOS apps could access a user’s address book without their consent.
Recent reports about photo albums being subject to similar unauthorized access have added more fuel to fire.
Now our senators are so concerned about this issue that they want the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to get involved and investigate Apple. ArsTechnica reported that New York Senator Charles Schumer is urging the FTC to look into Apple’s widely-documented user privacy concerns.
Here is an excerpt from Schumer’s letter:
“These uses go well beyond what a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app’s functionality. Smartphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user’s personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public.”
Apple recently issued an official statement regarding the user privacy. The Cupertino-based tech giant said that it was working on a software update that will require explicit user approval for apps to access information. It has been assumed that the fix will be included in the iOS 5.1 update, which is being expected to release next week.
Schumer also implicated Google in his letter. He stated that Android was just as guilty of failing to protect user privacy as Apple. Google, however, maintains its stance on allowing access to information stored on Android devices. However, it said that is considering adding a requirement for user approval in the future.
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Source: iDownload Blog