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Twitter To Revamp Privacy Guidelines After iPhone Security Breach

Amalgamation of micro-blogging and social media platforms Twitter has announced that it is revamping its existing privacy guidelines, by making them more explicit, according to new reports.

The action from the company has come after it was revealed how Twitter's iOS app had been copying the entire address books from users' smartphones, only to be storing the info on its servers. The blunder, which it was severely criticised for by privacy advocates was eventually admitted by the company - with the promise that the issue would be taken care of soon.

"We want to be clear and transparent in our communications with users. Along those lines, in our next app updates, which are coming soon, we are updating the language associated with Find Friends - to be more explicit," clarified a Twitter spokesperson, as reported by the Press Association.

It was not just Twitter who was criticised for this privacy breach, but Apple too. The iPhone maker has allowed the app to carry on with such a dubious task, for a prolonged period of time.

Reports have come out that Apple was even written to by two US congressmen, asking for details on the issue. Apple's existing app developer's guidelines do not permit any app to conduct such operations, as a final note on the matter.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.