Your Contacts Are Now Safe With Apple

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Apple has changed the way its app developers gather, use, and share information about a user’s contacts.  If you have ever downloaded an app from the App Store, you might know that some developers will ask you to share your contacts. This information is typically used for information, marketing, or sold without the permission of the contact themselves.

According to CNET, “the new App Store Review Guidelines prohibit developers from making databases with information taken from iPhone owners’ contacts, and restrict them from sharing such a database with third parties, or selling it. In addition, apps can’t get access to someone’s contact list and say it’s being used for something, then use it for something else, unless the developer obtains consent.”

If a developer breaks any of these new restrictions, they can be banned from having their content available on the App Store.

This move from Apple comes after Facebook got in trouble for sharing users’ contacts via apps during the Cambridge Analytica scandal. At that time, as many as 87 million users had their information shared without their consent. Apple CEO Tim Cook called out Facebook for failing “to effectively regulate itself,” so it is only fitting that Apple would make the steps to prevent this on their own platform.

Source: cnet.com – Apple won’t let developers pull info about your contacts anymore
Published: June 12, 2018