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Sen. Schumer Wants Apple, Android Phone Investigation

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Sen. Schumer presser (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

Sen. Schumer presser (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Senator Chuck Schumer is asking the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation of Apple and Android phone platforms that allow apps to steal private photos and address book information without the consumer’s consent.

“While they are telling you what movies are playing nearby they are also going through your files and using it for other purposes,” Schumer said.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

He’s also asking the manufacturers to put safety measures in place to protect their customer’s privacy.

Technically, any iPhone or Android app can access your photos, but unlike your location or address book, there’s no permission setting on the phone that would allow you to say “no thanks.”

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports

“It sends shivers up the spine to think that one’s personal photos, address books and who knows what else can be obtained and even posted online with the consumer’s consent,” Schumer added.

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