Congress asks Tim Cook for an explanation of iOS address book policy

Congress asks Tim Cook for an explanation of iOS address book policy
The Path scandal revealed some dangerous negligence in the way Apple handles your address book data, and recent studies have confirmed that the scale of this is huge - apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all make use of the opportunity for free access to all of your contacts, and some apps do access them without even asking your permission.

This seems to counter Apple’s own philosophy on privacy as Steve Jobs himself has underlined numerous times the utmost importance of security of user data. That’s why we were relieved when Apple finally clarified that it’s going to take measures against frivolous interpretation of its guidelines and turn the guidelines into a rule:

“Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines. We’re working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said for AllThingsD.

So overall, Apple has finally solved a problem that should have been addressed long time ago. Now, what’s interesting is that Cupertino has responded literally minutes after Congress sent a letter, asking for an explanation. Will it get a response beyond what Apple’s spokesperson has just said and does it really need it? Check out the letter below to see what Congress is concerned about.

source: AllThingsD

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3 Comments

1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Asking apple why they steal all their users info is like asking a lion why it eats meat. its in its nature and will continue to go on doing it. Apple views its ifans as their prey but remember they love their fans so its ok

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ifans dream of being the lion and never realize they are just the gazelle, and are about to be dinner. look at that inuts, all your information has been unprotected all this time. there goes all that "apple security" bragging. lol

3. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

damn y'all Im disgusted now. I've used every major mobile platform availabin the US over the past 10 years or so. I really though Apple was legit, took care of their customers to ensure s**t like this doesn't go down. well forget that idea. I really don't know where to go now. Back to my LG VX-3300?

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