US Senator Requested FTC To Probe Apple And Google

Posted on Mar 5 2012 - 7:15am by Editorial Staff

Putting up the content or private photos and contacts without consent is what we commonly seeing these days. US senator Charles Schumer has asked the FTC to investigate reports that Apple and Google mobile systems both are stealing private photos and contacts and posting them online without consent.

The request comes soon after Apple tweaked its privacy policies last month after prodding. The distribution of these applications to third party on iPhone and Google’s Android running phone system helped the devices to surge the popularity over the years.

Schumer said it was his understanding that many of these uses violate the terms of service of the Apple and Android platforms. He said “it is not clear whether or how those terms of service are being enforced and monitored”. As a result, he said, “smartphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user’s personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public”.

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