Apple to enforce opt-in for contact data uploads

We last week reported on the iOS Path app uploading address book data to its servers, but without first asking for permission. Developer Matt Gemmell commented on the incident, and argued that "when dealing with personal information, it's important that developers and management be educated on privacy issues and in techniques for addressing them".

Path itself also responded quickly, apologised and has since released an update that prompts the user for permission to upload data, but it soon became clear that Path was far from the only culprit. Marco Arment and Dustin Curtis reported as such and both additionally put the onus of blame on Apple rather than developers, arguing that the company should not enable address book data to be used without permission.

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