U.S. senator asks FTC to investigate Apple, Google over smartphone apps privacy concerns

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The U.S. senator has urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate  Apple and Google, over privacy concerns raised by reports which claim that the apps on iPhone and Android smartphones steal the private data of the users, including their contacts and photos.

Democrat Charles Schumer said on Sunday that he was concerned about the report which stated that iPhone and Android applications can access a user’s private photo collection, and were able to upload entire address books with names, telephone numbers and email addresses to their own servers.

“These uses go well beyond what a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app’s functionality,” Schumer stated in a letter to the FTC, adding that many of these apps violate the terms of service of the Apple and Android platforms.

“It is not clear whether or how those terms of service are being enforced and monitored. Smartphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user’s personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public,” he said.


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