We all snap photos on our iPhones of food, places, and social outings with friends, but not all photos are to be shared with the public. With a new Apple loophole found in apps for the iPhone, your once private photos are now up for grabs by app developers.
In Nick Bilton’s recent article, “Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access to Photos,” he explains how your private photos can become public in an instant. Allowing apps to access your current location grants them the opportunity not only to copy your contacts, but photos as well. You may want to filter the photos stored on your iPhone and more importantly, reconsider who you “share your location” with.
Here is an excerpt from the article.
After a user allows an application on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to have access to location information, the app can copy the user’s entire photo library, without any further notification or warning, according to app developers.
It is unclear whether any apps in Apple’s App Store are illicitly copying user photos. Although Apple’s rules do not specifically forbid photo copying, Apple says it screens all apps submitted to the store, a process that should catch nefarious behavior on the part of developers. But copying address book data was against Apple’s rules, and the company approved many popular apps that collected that information.
The first time an application wants to use location data, for mapping or any other purpose, Apple’s devices ask the user for permission, noting in a pop-up message that approval “allows access to location information in photos and videos.” When the devices save photo and video files, they typically include the coordinates of the place they were taken — creating another potential risk.