Apple’s Move is Rotten to the Core

For the record, I am a fan of everything Apple.  I love my iPhone, adore my iPad, and will not travel without my MacBook Air.  In fact, I’m writing this post on my 17-inch MacBook Pro.

But I do not love giving up my personal address book to apps that are controlled, regulated, and distributed by Apple.

Reuters recently reported that bloggers have published findings that some of the most popular software applications in Apple’s App Store have been able to lift private address book data without user consent.  Two members of the U.S. Congress have asked the company to provide more information.  These reports claim that apps like Facebook and Twitter can, and do, routinely upload my entire address book without my knowledge.

I have both of those apps on my iPhone.

Apple wants to control the entire user experience.  They provide the hardware, the software, and the middleware.  They build the operating system, the libraries, and developer tools.  They approve the apps for distribution.

Unfortunately, all of that integration also makes it easy for data to slip between the virtual cracks and end up in the wrong hands.  Apple has said that they intend to fix the issue in a future release.  Users will be asked to approve, or decline, access to their address book.  That’s not enough. Apparently some companies already may have my data. I want it back.  I want to know that it’s been deleted. I want Apple to fix this.

Apple must take responsibility for this breach in a serious and strong manner. I want to trust the integration Apple provides, not fear it.

 

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