Sen. Tells FTC To Probe Google, Apple Phone Apps

Law360, New York (March 5, 2012, 12:41 PM EST) -- Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., urged the Federal Trade Commission on Sunday to investigate apps on Google Inc. and Apple Inc. phones that secretly copy users' photos, videos and address books and leak them to marketers.

Schumer asked the FTC to determine whether copying or distributing personal information from smartphones without a user's consent is an unfair or deceptive trade practice. He also called on the agency to require smartphone makers to put in place measures to block third-party applications from stealing photographs or data that is...
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