Senator Asks FTC to Examine Android, iOS Privacy Practices

Following up on the news that the iPhone and Android smartphones allow app developers to access photos and personal information without users’ permission, Sen. Charles Shumer (D-N.Y.) has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking the agency to investigate. “[S]martphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user’s personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public,” he wrote.

Separately, two members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking him to clarify the company’s privacy policies and safeguards.

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