Friday, December 4, 2009

iPhone App Developer Sued for User Phone Number Theft

As the saying goes, it’s not IF, but WHEN will your personal information will be stolen in a data breach.

On October 8, 2009 I wrote a blog entitled “What’s the Value of Your Mobile Phone’s Address Book?” which highlighted the fact that iPhone applications have access to your phones entire address book and you are trusting that the developer is (hopefully) not a rogue one. This has been known since at least January 26, 2009. The possible abuse that my blog was aimed at pointing out to readers came to light recently. A class action lawsuit has been filed against app developer Storm8 and the full details of the proceedings can be found here.

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