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Apple has taken on quite a few volleys of catapulted insults from the Android community for its closed model concerning applications. Apple’s response for the interest of the iPhone user community is its main concern. These measures are for the protection of those using Apple iOS devices, it tells the critics. For the most part, this can be verified by the many studies showing the malware infection rate to be much higher on Android while it is near extinct on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. However, in recent weeks, Apple has come under a new threat of attack from within its beloved users.
Recently, it was discovered that a popular social media app, Path, had uploaded the complete address book of the user to Path’s servers without any notification or authorization. Path apologized for the matter once it was caught with its pants down and quickly resolved the mistake with an update to the AppStore that removed all users address book uploads on Path’s servers and asked for permission to upload them, again.
Path is not the only application taking your private information and using it for its own gain. Popular applications such as Foursquare (Email, Phone Numbers, withoug warning) and Instagram (Email, Phone Numbers, First, Last, without warning) have also been found to steal your data by Paul Haddad, the developer behind the popular Twitter client TapBot. Of course once the cat was let out of the bag, these two applications were updated with stronger and clear warnings. Other applications have also come under the spot light for such practices in the last week as well.
Apple either needs to use the same blind eye for tether apps as it does for privacy concerns or stand behind its publicly spoken policy. Put up or shut up, Apple.