Are iOS Developers Invading Users' Privacy?

Thursday Feb 9th 2012 by Developer.com Staff

iPhone owners might be surprised to know how many app developers have copied their address books.

Recently, social app provider Path became embroiled in a scandal after users learned that the company had copied their entire address books to its servers. However, that practice may be more common among iOS developers than users realize. In a very unscientific survey, blogger Dustin Curtis contacted 15 iOS developers and found that 13 of them had contacts databases containing millions of entries. One of those databases contained private phone numbers for Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Larry Ellison.

Observers are beginning to question Apple's decision to allow third-party developers to access contact information. The dust-up could eventually result in more stringent data privacy restraints on mobile development.

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