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Apple Announces iOS Update that Restricts Access to Contacts

Earlier this month, it was discovered that Path, a social networking app for the iPhone, was gathering data from iPhone users' contacts without permission and uploading the information to the company's servers. It was happening through a "feature" that was supposed to help users find their friends.

Upon this discovery, two Congressmen (G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) and Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.)) sent letters to Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, inquiring about the privacy policy regarding the iPhone and personal data. The letter, amongst other things, stated:

This incident raises questions about whether Appleā€™s iOS app developer policies and practices may fall short when it comes to protecting the information of iPhone users and their contacts.

Apparently in response, Apple has announced that it will release an update to iOS that prevents apps from accessing user's contacts or address book info without their explicit permission. In addition, Apple has stated that Path violated Apple's guidelines regarding personal data and privacy. And in response to that, Path issued a public apology and added a feature to the app that allows users to disable the data-gathering.

[via AppleInsider]

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