Inquiry by US Congress forces Apple to admit it has been stealthily harvesting iPhone users private date
ComputerWorld – US Congressmen Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking him about iOS apps that have harvested users’ address book information without permission.
Shortly after two U.S. Congressmen asked Apple to answer questions about iPhone and iPad apps that snatch users’ contact lists without permission, the Cupertino, Calif. company promised it will address the issue with a future software update. Continue reading
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Computerworld – In a letter sent to eight members of Congress, Google yesterday defended its move to consolidate its privacy policies and users’ personal information.
The 13-page letter explains Google’s decision to alter its privacy policies and answers specific questions from the legislators. In sum, Google contended that its approach to privacy has not changed, that users still have control over how they use the company’s various online services, and that private information remains private.