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US Senator Calls For FTC Investigation Into Apple And Android Phones

Following the recent revelations over the photo library privacy concerns of Apple and Android users, a US lawmaker has called upon the assistance of the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the issue further.

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling upon the powers of the Federal Trade Commission to look into allegations over applications installed on Google and Apple mobile devices taking private photo and contact data without the user's consent.

A report by Reuters yesterday confirmed that Democrat Schumer had contacted the FTC after reading a story by the New York Times into iPhone and Android apps accessing a user's private photo gallery and publish the details online.

Schumer swiftly took actions into his own hands and in a letter to the commission, spoke of his concerns regarding the ability these apps had in extracting private user information.

"It is my understanding that many of these uses violate the terms of service of the Apple and Android platforms through which the apps are marketed and sold," explained Schumer.

"However, it is not clear whether or how those terms of service are being enforced and monitored… I hope you will consider launching a comprehensive investigation to explicitly determine whether copying or distributing personal information from smart phones, without a user's consent, constitutes an unfair or deceptive trade practice," as reported by PC Mag.

Schumer has requested the support of smartphone retailers "to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user's personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public".

Currently no comment has been made by either Apple and Google in relation to this issue.

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and joins ITProPortal with just over a year's experience under her online belt. A copywriter by day and a freelance writer by night/weekend, Mariel is an avid volunteer - lending her charitable services throughout the world. Specialising in social media, apps, and video games, Mariel hopes to intertwine her love of technology with the English language to produce amusing anecdotes of ambiguous algorithms and alliteration