The New York Times has an interesting piece buried in the Bits blog today that claims Apple is giving developers access to iPhone users' photo libraries without any notification beyond an initial consent to accept location-based services.
Nick Bilton explains, "After a user allows an application on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to have access to location information, the app can copy the user’s entire photo library, without any further notification or warning, according to app developers.
It is unclear whether any apps in Apple’s App Store are illicitly copying user photos. Although Apple’s rules do not specifically forbid photo copying, Apple says it screens all apps submitted to the store, a process that should catch nefarious behavior on the part of developers. But copying address book data was against Apple’s rules, and the company approved many popular apps that collected that information."
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