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 deviceâ€™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.
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.