February 16, 2012, 11:43 AM —
After an embarrassing week of data abuse stories, Apple finally clamps down on app data permissions.
Even Congress got into the act, asking Apple some pointed questions about the number of apps uploading address books without permission. Minutes later, an Apple spokesman said such actions are against their guidelines, but they will push an update soon to force developers to get user approval in the future. No timetable was included in the statement to AllThingsD.
Add this to the outrage last April when a location tracking file hidden deep inside the iPhone became public, and privacy advocates remain wary of Apple's grasp of appropriate user data handling. The other side of the argument is that apps need user data to provide the location and connection features many iPhone owners prize.
Getting ever closer to Android's permission-based app model. . .
Gatorguy on appleinsider.com
See? Problem solved simply enough.
thataveragejoe on appleinsider.com
And so the violated privacy uproars settles down. Until the next time.