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Apple to ban stealthy iPhone contact data harvesting

Gregg Keizer | Feb. 16, 2012
Shortly after two Congressmen asked Apple about iPhone and iPad apps that snatch users' contact lists without permission, the company promised to address the issue with a future software update.

Those rules also ban apps "that require users to share personal information, such as email address and date of birth, in order to function."

Apple has not updated those guidelines to specifically mention address books, although they have long prohibited apps that "do not notify and obtain user consent before collecting, transmitting, or using location data."


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