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Loophole Exposes Access to Photos

MOBILE PRIVACY

February 29, 2012

The New York Times reports on a loophole in Apple's mobile devices that allows developers to copy a user's photo library without warning or notification after a user consents to allowing access to location information in photos. Though it is not clear if the company illicitly copies user photos, one app developer said, "Conceivably, an app with access to location data could put together a history of where the user has been based on photo location." The data could then be uploaded to a server and, "Once the data is off of the iOS device, Apple has virtually no ability to monitor or limit its use." A representative from the Electronic Privacy Information Center said the company "has a tremendous responsibility as the gatekeeper to the app store...Apple and app makers should be making sure people understand what they are consenting to." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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