Responding to increased public scrutiny of the privacy protection measures across thousands of apps sold in the Apple App Store, a spokesperson for the popular tech company today said that Apple will start requiring app developers to get an affirmative grant of permission from users before collecting and storing personal information.
These changes are set to go into affect across all Apple devices including the popular iPhone and iPad tablet.
"Apps that collect or transmit a user's contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said in a written statement to various media outlets. "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."
A discovery made by a popular tech blogger last week that a social media app was uploading his address book and contacts to its own private servers set off a firestorm of speculation about technological overreach. Public outrage over incidences of information stealing reached some of the world's most popular tech companies including Facebook and Twitter.
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Twitter in particular was forced to publicly acknowledge that its Find Friends feature was storing personal data without direct authorization.
At this time it is unknown when the update to Apple's iOS operating system that includes the new privacy measures will be made available for download.