U.S. Senate Democrat Schumer asks FTC to probe Apple, Google

“A U.S. senator has urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that applications on the Apple Inc. and Google Inc. mobile systems steal private photos and contacts and post them online without consent,” Sinead Carew reports for Reuters.
“Democrat Charles Schumer’s request comes after iPhone maker Apple tweaked its privacy policies last month after prodding from other lawmakers,” Carew reports. “However, Schumer said on Sunday that he was concerned about a New York Times report that iPhone and Android applications can access a user’s private photo collection.”

Carew reports, “He also referred to a discovery last month that applications on devices such as the iPhone and iPad were able to upload entire address books with names, telephone numbers and email addresses to their own servers.”

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