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iPhone app developers issue apology after secretly uploading users’ contact lists

Here’s an excellent example of what NOT to do:  Two unrelated apps recently issued apologies after resaerchers discovered the apps were secretly taking users’ contacts from their address books and storing them on company-owned servers.  The app developers promised it wasn’t a malichous move, but issues apologies and deleted all the data.

Developers must ALWAYS consider their users’ privacy and be completely transparent in all they do…be it analytics or address-book copying.

The complete story is available from the BBC News – iPhone apps Path and Hipster offer address-book apology.

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