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A prior blog post discussed how a developer found the Path iPhone app collecting his contact information without notice nor consent. The All Things D blog reported a reply by an Apple spokesperson:

"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."

Twitter, Hipster, and other apps that collected users' contact information also are modifying their processes to stop collection. The statement by Apple still doesn't explain why Apple did not reject apps that violate its policy from being sold in its app store. Nor does Apple seem to address the consequences for these violators.

The "working to make this even better" sounds disingenuous. Either an app violated the policy, or it didn't. Either Apple checks apps for compliance or it doesn't. There is no inbetween. One cannot be a little pregnant.

At press time, the Apple Press Info website section did not mention the above statement.

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