Apple Provided Unconvincing Explanation To US Congress On The Privacy Matter

Two representatives of the US Congress last month asked details about how Apple protects consumers' rights to privacy. The Cupertino based company delivered a response that was perceived as insufficient and now Tim Cook recently received a letter from the Committee on Energy and Commerce asking him to provide further details.

The concern on the matter became apparent after the media revealed that certain iOS apps can provide unauthorised access to the users' personal information and photographs. Apple responded to the Congressional representatives about the issue detailing the company's efforts in this area.

"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," said Apple spokesman, Tom Neumayr, at the beginning of this month. However, Representative Henry A. Waxman, and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, considered that this is not enough. They expressed concern about tools that allow "unwanted online tracking" of the iOS users and a "loophole" that grants unauthorised access to the users' photos stored on iOS devices.

Now Apple is invited to deliver further explanations. "To help us understand these issues. we request that you make available representatives to brief our staff on the Energy and Commerce Committee," wrote the two high officials.

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