Apps Now Require Explicit User Permission to Access Contact Data

After being quiet for a while after the news surfaced related to Path, a popular social network and iOS app, that it was uploading users’ contact lists without asking for their explicit permission, the Cupertino-based company has finally broke the silence over the issue.

Apple has finally responded to the earlier reports that Path together with many other iOS applications has been using users’ contact information without asking for their permission. People were waiting for Apple’s response since the reports first appear on the scene, but Apple its time before responding.

It seems pretty clear that why Apple was quite, after all  it is Apple’s Apple Store team that is responsible for approving these apps that receive user’ private data without asking for permission. The company has finally got out of its shell to speak on the issue.

While talking to AllThingsD on an unauthorized uploading of user data, an Apple representative had this to say:

“Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD. “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.”

Surprisingly, Path isn’t the only app that is uploading the users’ private data. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Yelp and several other apps are found guilty of doing such actions. Members of Congress have also sent a letter of concern to the Apple’s CEO Tim Cook over the prevailing issue.

It seems that the problem is addressed by the Apple’s team and everything is working seamlessly. This also shows the strength of media that how it provoke public chaos and bring about change. The Cupertino-based company took about a week to address all the issues regarding unauthorized uploading of users’ private data.

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