U.S. Senator Charles Schumer urges the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that apps in the Apple and Android stores steal private photos and contacts as well as post them online without consent. The new concern comes after Apple changes their privacy policy last month.

Schumer said on Sunday that he was concerned about a New York Times report that iPhone and Android applications can access a user’s private photo collection.

“These uses go well beyond what a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app’s functionality,” Schumer said in a letter to the FTC.

“smartphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user’s personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public”

[Reuters]

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