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Google's Android Plays Peek-a-boo And Copies Users' Photos

A new revelation suggests that just like its arch rival Apple, Google's smartphone OS platform Android also suffers from certain vulnerabilities that could expose a user's entire photo library to third party app developers.

Apparently, Android apps do not require the users' consent before spying on their galleries, and as long as there is Internet access, the application can extract and send all your photos to a remote server - placing your safety and privacy in grave jeopardy.

However, it is not yet known whether or not there are any existing Android Market apps that can carry out such potentially devastating activities.

As rumours about this vulnerability made their way to the media, Google promptly stepped forward and acknowledged the issue, adding that the company is currently considering a total change in its approach in order to safeguard Android users' privacy.

"We can confirm that there is no special permission required for an app to read pictures. This is based on Lookout's findings on all devices we've tested," explained Kevin Mahaffey, chief technology officer of Lookout, as published by The New York Times.

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