Apple Moves To Take Bite Out Of App Privacy Uproar

Law360, New York (February 16, 2012, 6:59 PM EST) -- Apple Inc. indicated Wednesday it would require smartphone apps to obtain users' permission before accessing information from their address books, as lawmakers began scrutinizing the company's app policies following a developer's privacy blunder last week.

Apple's guidelines already prohibit the collection or transmission of users' contact information without their consent, but the company will mandate “explicit user approval in a future software release,” according to spokesman Tom Neumayr.

Neumayr did not respond to a query regarding the timing of the software release.

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