Democrat congressmen Waxman, Butterfield seek iPhone privacy info from Apple

“U.S. legislators on Wednesday sought more information from Apple Inc regarding its privacy policies, pulling the iPhone manufacturer into a swelling controversy over how developers on its popular iOS mobile platform have been able to access users’ private address book data,” Gerry Shih reports for Reuters.

“In a letter addressed to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, Representatives Henry Waxman of California and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, both Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, asked Apple to clarify its developer guidelines and the measures taken by the company to screen apps that are sold on its App Store,” Shih reports. “The letter comes after Path, a San Francisco startup that makes a Facebook-like social networking app, attracted widespread criticism last week after a Singaporean developer discovered that Path’s iPhone app had been quietly uploading his contacts’ names and phone numbers onto Path’s servers. In the following days, other technology bloggers discovered that iPhone apps like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Foodspotting similarly uploads user data – without permission, in some cases.”

Shih reports, “The Path incident ‘raises questions about whether Apple’s iOS app developer policies and practices may fall short when it comes to protecting the information of iPhone users and their contacts,’ the letter said.”

Read more in the full article here.

Related articles:
Apple: App access to contact data will require explicit user approval – February 15, 2012
Path and Hipster apps found swiping users’ address books – February 9, 2012


  1. Do these people have anything better to do? How about working on that $16 trillion deficit? How about reforming Medicare? How about creating a flatter, more equitable tax system to drive new economic growth in this country? Please try to squeeze those into your cock smoking agenda.

    1. Since we have a bunch of Teabagger crazies in control of the House who a- will not raise taxes, b- not cut defense and c- seem only interested in passing ever more restrictive abortion laws you can kiss that one goodbye.

      As to Medicare, it contributes nothing to the budget deficit excepting the unfunded Republican created Prescription Drug program. Medicare (A) is funded by it’s own taxes- not general revenue. It also happens to be the most cost efficient health insurer in the United States with an average overhead of less than 5% even as private insurance has not one with less than a 15% overhead. So much for the efficiencies of the private sector.

    1. Which side of the fence?

      If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

      If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
      If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

      If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
      If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

      If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
      If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

      If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
      A Democrat wonders who is going to take care of him.

      If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
      Democrats demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

      If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
      A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

      If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
      A Democrat demands that the rest of us pay for his.

      1. You could easily reverse every one of those arguments. Depends completely who you talk to.


        They’re just a monicker to hide behind.

        1. The arguments are not reversible, unless of course you’re speaking to a complete hermit who doesn’t know the difference between Democrats and Republicans.

          Republicans defend 2nd Amendment rights; Democrats oppose them. Democrats favor “gay marriage;” Republicans oppose it. And so on. Just because liberals hide behind monickers of “progressive” and “Democrat” doesn’t mean that everyone does.

          To quote William F. Buckley: “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but are then shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”

            1. If you disagree with any of the communist only thoughts Democrats are only capable of having they have hissy fit-melt downs and demand to put an end to you.

      2. By your logic:
        1-A Republican opposed to abortion would not get one.
        We all know they have passed extremely intrusive laws into women’s medical privacy.
        2-A Republican who disagrees with the science of Evolution would just not accept it.
        We all know Republicans have been behind the attempted elevation of theocratic Creationism into the classroom.
        3-A Republican who disagreed with Marriage Equality would live and let live.
        We all know the closet cases of the Republican Party pushed the DOMA and have actively opposed Marriage Equality.
        4-A Republican opposed to Unions would not vote for one at their workplace.
        We all know that Republicans have been the driving force behind union busting, opposing card check and all the rest.

        Teabagger Republicans in Tennessee are even now attempting to have all mention of slavery removed from public school texts. Yes, this is the same state that held the Scopes Trial. I guess Slavery and Jim Crow were just figments of everyone’s imagination.

        1. What a load of crap. Your heroes in the democratic party are the ones who founded the KKK.

          Abortion is a states right’s issue and it’s murder the way it’s done in many cases.

          Republicans are all for science and freedom of religion.

          Definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. Come up with another term for same sex, or animal to human, or human to pet rock, etc.

          Unions are thugs and they are destroying the US and world economies. Anyone with half a brain cell knows this. Card check?????? Are you kidding???? Unions are a slush fund for the democrats and are completely corrupt.

          Tea bagger??? You liberal slugs are the most disgusting excuse for human beings. Pathetic. Don’t worry we hate you right back.

  2. Protecting American citizens is part of Congress’s job.  If this was Republicans you would say this was great.  If Android did this ( and most likely do) you would be bashing ruthlessly.  Oh yes even Apple has said this was wrong.  One reason I like iOS is that I believed this BS was not allowed.

    ALL the elected people in congress do need to do what is right.  Compromise, get things done, and get America moving.  If you do want the gov. to move from BB to iOS then Apple needs to make sure that our info on their devices is safe.

    1. Please do not confuse the issue by using rationality, logic, and critical thinking, you’ll just cause the wingnuts’ heads to explode gumming up the interwebs tubes with their toxic residue.


          1. You know it’s coming and the known for a fact people that try to steal every election are democrat-marxits-communist-thugs. You liberals are truly evil. November will be fun and get you free loading scum bags back in your place. Losers.

        1. @ Kelly
          You need a little dose of Jefferson:
          Let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions.

  3. It is not Congress’s job to protect citizens from rogue IOS apps. Next you know he and his ilk will want to decide what apps are “good” for you.

    Need an example – look at the recent kerfuffle in North Carolina when a government official decided a 4 year olds home made lunch did not meet “government” standards.

    1. It’s not Congresses job to regulate who can marry or use contraception.

      Congress can legislate about privacy.

      Republifucks want to be in your bedroom telling you what is permissible. Small government my ass!,

      1. No one’s regulating who can use contraception you ahole. They’re against who pays for it. Pay for your own freaking contraception and your own pathetic little meaningless lives. Stop robbing the hard workers to pay for your visit on this planet, you absolute scum sucking takers. You low lives think that just because you were born you are “entitled” to everyone else’s private property. SCREW YOU!!!!!!!!

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