Privacy change: iOS 6 to seek permission before apps can access personal data

Privacy change: iOS 6 to seek permission before apps can access personal data

Summary: finds a major change in the "Data Privacy" section of the iOS 6 release notes.

TOPICS: Mobile OS, Apple, Apps

Starting with the upcoming iOS 6, Apple will requires apps to get explicit user permission before accessing contacts, calendars, reminders and photos.

According to a MacRumors report, the following was added to the "Data Privacy" section in Apple's iOS 6 Release Notes:

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In addition to location data, the system now asks the user’s permission before allowing third-party apps to access certain user data, including:

- Contacts - Calendars - Reminders - Photo Library

For contact, calendar, and reminder data, your app needs to be prepared to be denied access to these items and to adjust its behavior accordingly. If the user has not yet been prompted to allow access, the returned structure is valid but contains no records. If the user has denied access, the app receives a NULL value or no data. If the user grants permission to the app, the system subsequently notifies the app that it needs to reload or revert the data.

The move follows a privacy uproar earlier this year when social network app Path was discovered uploading users’ complete address book to its servers.

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Topics: Mobile OS, Apple, Apps

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  • Will Apple comply?

    There were several apps from Apple that required access to location services to function, like Cards for example. These claimed location was required for access to photostream. It appears that in iOS 5.1.1 Apple has fixed this in some apps. Good news. Still required for access to your photos in Cards though.
  • Apple will requires

    should be Apple will require

    Do you not have any editors???
    The Danger is Microsoft
  • It's bigger than just Apple or Microsoft

    I had an issue the other day and rather than try to explain it to me, Dell tried to get into my computer, unfortunately at the time I was running Firefox on a Linux OS and that kinda gave them some problems. When I had a similar issue with my Sony DVD player they asked my permission to come in through my computer. Unfortunately I was also running Firefox on my Linux partition and they couldn't get in. The bigger picture here is how many developers have been ripped of by these Mega Corps. entering without people knowing and grabbing the design etc. on their systems. This reminds me of when the internet was a dial up and the CIA used to have software that invaded any system accessing their website.