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.

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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.”

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“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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  1. Doug Petrosky says:

    Is he this stupid or does he just know that most people are this stupid? Seriously! He does know that every computer on planet earth gives developers access to everything on their computers right! I can write an app that reads through the photos folder on windows or pictures on the mac. Shoot! apple provides API calls to access iPhoto, iTunes, and iMovie content to make it even easier.

    When did being a congressman, give the someone the ability to set company policy for any company let alone the likes of Apple, google or worse yet foreign companies like Samsung, Nokia, etc….

    Why isn’t this idiot laughed off the hill!

  2. nycsewer says:

    If it Sunday you know the Chuckie Schmuckie will say something stupid

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