There's an Easy Fix to Apple's Latest iPhone Privacy Problem

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Apple can make this whole iPhone address book fiasco all better with a simple fix. Following last week's Path scandal, amid the blogger fighting, turns out tons of other apps are also uploading user address book information to servers without asking the phone owner's permission. In fact, the way the iPhone works, any app can access contacts without a notification of any sort. These apps then have access to any phone numbers, email addresses and the names attached to them without users knowing. That's a privacy mess. But, the phone doesn't have to have this power. Apple can (and should) fix this.

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

UPDATE: Apple says they will require apps to get explicit permission from users to access their address book. See the update here.

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