Cloudsucking the iOS Address Book

via Dustin Curtis. Jennifer Van Grove, VentureBeat:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Yelp, and Gowalla are among a smattering of iOS applications that have been sending the actual names, email addresses and/or phone numbers from your device’s internal address book to their servers, VentureBeat has learned. Several do so without first asking permission, and Instagram and Foursquare only added permissions prompts after the Path flare-up.

That sucks.

Update: via The Verge. Apple:

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.

I thought top notch iOS developers did everything they possibly could to make the total user experience of using their apps exceptionally good. That requires a deep understanding of what we want. And what we want is not for our privacy to be violated. It takes a response from Apple to make this clear? I am disappointed.