Just a pair of hours ago, we have reported that couple of U.S Congressmen actively asked Apple to report about their iOS Apps data requesting policies from the user’s devices without informing the user, specially they highlighted the unknown access on the address book data. Last week, the famous iOS app Path was accused of uploading entire address book data to their servers without informing and asking users about this process. In a couple of hours, Apple has just issued a statement to AllThingsD that the new software updates to iOS will sort out this issue on the devices:
“Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD. “We’re working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release.”
Apple has just reported that they have been working on upcoming iOS update that for surely going to fix the loop hole, and will require explicit permission from the iOS users before the access of any app on the Address Book or any personal data on the iPhone or any other iOS device. Apple has been reportedly working on the major iOS 5 update with iOS 5.1 from many days, and reportedly has slowed the development as the company is highly rumored to launch the next major update along with iPad 3 announcement earlier next month.
However, the company has not yet addressed publicly that the fix to this matter will come in a standalone update to iOS, as 5.0.2 or to come along with a proper launch of the next generation iOS 5.1 earlier next month, perhaps as an iOS 5.0.2 update to enable a faster turnaround on the fix.