Twitter uploads iPhone’s address book to its server
Last week’s online news burst with alarming messages concerning privacy violations of iPhone and Android users. After it had been discovered that Path app quietly uploads its users’ entire address book to its server in order to let them connect to friends, a few other social networking apps with similar practices came under fire, Twitter being the largest.
Twitter quickly reacted to the news and promised to update their app to clarify what happens with the user’s data, LA Times report. Instead of ‘Scan your contacts’ the app will offer to “Upload your contacts” and “Import your contacts” on iPhone and Android phones respectively.
There is no evidence that Twitter has passed the data to other companies or used it in any unlawful way – so the consequences of privacy violations for the users and their contacts seem hypothetical so far. However, not everyone may be as honest as Twitter. So beware of Friend Finders, smartphone owners – at least make sure you know with whom you are sharing your contacts!
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12 June 2013 / 13 June 2013