Mobile Security: Do iPhone Apps Pilfer Your Contacts?

Friday Feb 17th 2012 by James A. Martin
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Some iPhone and iPad apps rummage through your address book and collect the information – and they do so without your permission.

According to the blog VentureBeat, certain iPad and iPhone apps steal your address information and store it on their servers. And it's not just iOs apps, either. Lots of sites upload your contacts without so much as a how-do-you-do. Our colleagues at Enterprise Mobile Today have the details on this mobile security issue.


Some iPhone and iPad apps are transmitting your address book information to their servers without your knowledge, according to tests conducted by VentureBeat.

Last week, Path made headlines when it was caught transmitting users’ address book data to its servers. In that controversy’s wake, VentureBeat used a utility, mitmproxy, to monitor data sent by apps over the Internet. In its tests, the blog discovered that “many iOS applications upload personally-identifiable information to their servers.”

Read the complete article: Are iPhone Apps Stealing Your Address Book Info?

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