Apple to Boost iOS Privacy by Banning Apps That Harvest Users' Address Books

Apple is continually listening to its users, and it always tries to improve privacy and security on its operating systems, so it recently added new policies to ban the harvesting of users’ address books in apps.

According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino, California-based company has new App Store policies that specifically limit apps from access the address book databases of iOS users. Apple’s iOS operating system used on iPhone and iPad devices used a contacts harvesting method that the company is now banning to boost privacy.

The report says that there are many cases of application developers asking users for access to their iPhone’s address book and contacts for certain features to work correctly, but it turns out these address book databases end up in the wrong hands or they are sold for marketing purposes without user’s permissio… (read more)

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