Your address books within your cell phones are available to app developers without obtaining the owner’s permission. Apple, Android, and Twitter routinely gather information from their users personal address books. An Apple spokesman wanted to clarify, "Apps that collect or transmit a user's contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines. 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." The spokesperson left out details on how the personal information was originally approved in the first place.
The Federal Trade Commission who regulates Facebook and Google made no comment on the privacy issues regarding the app makers’ practices.
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