The iOS glitches just keep on surfacing - after it was revealed that apps can get all your contact data easily, now another critical flaw was uncovered allowing rogue applications to steal all of your iPhone photos, videos and the location data with them and bring them to their servers. It looks as if you authorize an app to use your location, it will also get access to your photos and videos and can get them from your device.
New York Times’ Nick Bilton had a developer create a dummy application which easily got access to pictures and videos.
"It's very strange, because Apple is asking for location permission, but really what it is doing is accessing your entire photo library," Camera+ developer John Casasanta said.
Apple deserves some credit for tackling issues like the address book relatively quickly, but Cupertino’s reaction happened only after a huge public outrage. Otherwise, the address book issue had been present for quite a while and it wasn’t really a secret for developers. Neither is the current glitch with your iOS pictures.
Cupertino has already promised to fix the address book glitch, and it will allegedly patch the photo bug as well, inside sources shared with TheVerge. Now, this new bug in regards to the pictures is actually not intended (luckily), it’s an error that will be fixed.
Now, having two huge security issues like the aforementioned puts a stain on Apple’s image of a company that values security most. Steve Jobs has previously claimed that Apple is among the few in Silicon Valley that take privacy extremely seriously. Will the company live up to this promise, and hasn’t it already failed it? Sound off with your opinions below.