Apple has now changed its policy to prevent apps from collecting the private data of its users, it has been reported.
The controversy began when developers were noticed to have been collecting contact-book information from iPhones, but Apple made no statement.
But according to a new report in All Things Digital, Apple has now clamped down on apps that are doing this.
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“Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines,” a spokesperson said.
“We’re working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release.”