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Now Twitter admits copying smartphone address books without telling the owners as Apple announces crackdown

Posted By yihan On February 16, 2012 @ 10:50 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

ROB WAUGH
Dailymail.co.uk [1]
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Twitter today admitted it has been harvesting contacts from smartphones without users’ permission.

The company said it had copied entire address books, storing the information on its servers as part of the ‘Find Friends’ function in its iPhone app.

The Los Angeles times reported that the site stores the information for up to 18 months. It is unclear why the site needs to retain the data for such a long time – or at all.

The social network’s confession will further fuel a privacy controversy which has so far engulfed Facebook, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Instagram, Yelp, Gowalla and Path, all of which companies transmit address book data from iPhone apps.

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