iPhone photo-slurping loophole sparks app privacy fears

By | March 2, 2012

Source: The Register

by John Leyden

In this article “Exactly how much data can be extracted from iPhones by apps without explicit user consent has been called into question after it emerged that software granted access to location-finding services can siphon off punters’ photos.

The extraction of address book information without permission from the user has already raised privacy concerns, heightened this week after Facebook was obliged to deny that its iPhone app was reading private text messages.

Once an Apple fanboi grants permission for an iPhone or iPad app to access location information, the app can copy their photo library without any further notice or warning,The New York Times reports.

When an app wants to use location data, Apple’s devices prompt users for permission via a pop-up window that warns that proceeding “allows access to location information in photos and videos”.”

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