SAN FRANCISCO, USA – It is reported that some of the apps in Apple App Store are taking users' address book information and copying their complete photo library without any notification or warning.
Recently Apple, along with the apps developers for Apple Store, came under scrutiny when the report allegedly hold Cupertino-giant responsible for being negligent, and not taking any considerable steps to impede the violation.
When a user allows an app to access their location information on their iPhone, iPad or iPod, the application also gets access to the phone book and photo library. Apple claims that any app when submitted, is scanned for any detestable behaviour and then only approved in the app store.
There are no particular rules that prohibit apps to copy pictures but filching phone contacts was against the company's rule, and Apple, apparently, is in breach to allow those apps which collected the material. More interestingly, Apple refused to counter the allegations, and remained silent when asked to comment on the issue.
With over 600,000 apps in Apple store and increasing competition from Google's Android, it seems that Apple is getting less cautious and exposing its users to unneeded risk.