iOS test app gains access to photo library

March 1, 2012

Following on from my previous post on how iOS apps are accessing and uploading contact data, it's now been reported there are permission issues with an app that can access the iOS photo library. A test app was developed called PhotoSpy which was commissioned by The New York Times. The PhotoSpy app requires the user to allow access to location data (and only once), but the app can also gain access via stealth to the photo library and upload the user's entire photo library to a cloud storage environment, without any further notification.

The main cause for concern was of course that this app did not ask for permission to access and upload the photo libraries. Thankfully, this app was never published on the App Store, and I doubt it would have been. Read more...

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