Apple has been forced to make changes to its apps policy in a bid to quell growing privacy controversy.
From now on, companies will require “explicit approval” in separate user prompts from people with mobile phones before being able to access users' address book data.
This move came shortly after the company had been requested to provide further information about its privacy policies by two members of the US House Energy and Commerce committee.
A spokesman for Apple told Reuters apps that collect or transmit a user's contact data without their prior permission are in direct violation of the company's guidelines, much like app creators Hipster and Path who were recently forced into an apology for doing so last week.
“We're working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release,” the spokesman told the news provider.
Posted by Simon Thomas