Congressmen Waxman (D-CA) and Butterfield (D-NC) recently sent a letter to Apple asking the company to address a concern that Apple was giving Application developers unrestricted access to a user’s address book and contacts. In the letter, the congressmen addressed a blog post/rumor that it was a known and common practice for iPhone application developers to peek at the user’s address book and send the information to a remote server for later use. [yikes].
In a quick response, and a flurry of apologies, Apple stated their opposition to allegations of wrongdoing. Unmoved by Apple’s response, the congressmen sent another letter on March 14th demanding that Apple answer to these issues via a congressional hearing. [Wow! ] Not only do they want Apple to appear before congress to address the allegation of address book misuse but also to address the issue of unlimited access to all of your phone’s photos and images too.
This is another sign that Congress takes online privacy very seriously. Your concerns about your private data being used and abused are heard loud and clear.
Check back soon for tips and tricks on protecting your privacy while surfing the web from your mobile phone…