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OS X Mountain Lion Apps Now Ask Permission to Access Contacts

Dustin Curtis points out that in the latest developer seed of OS X Mountain Lion, Apple now requires OS X Apps to get explicit permission to access your address book information.


The move mirrors recent changes made to iOS which will also ask the user for permission for an App to access their contact data. The change in policy came after it was revealed that some iOS apps were quietly collecting and transmitting customer address book data without their permission.

At the time, Apple issued this statement:
“Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD. “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 policy now appears to extend to OS X Mountain Lion as well as iOS. Users can later manage these permissions in a new "Privacy" tab in System Preferences.

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33 months ago
Anything that increases my very limited remaining privacy is fine with me.
Rating: 25 Votes
33 months ago

Is this really front page worthy?


Yes.
Rating: 18 Votes
33 months ago
Shouldn't it say "Allow" instead of "OK" ?
Rating: 18 Votes
33 months ago
Looks like the Windows permission windows have now invaded OSX.
Rating: 17 Votes
33 months ago
That's a pretty ugly red symbol. :eek:
Rating: 12 Votes
33 months ago
This is amazing. I never knew Elgato EyeTV had access to my contacts list and can't think of any reason they would need it.
Rating: 12 Votes
33 months ago

Part of the reason I like OSX is that it's not constantly asking me for permission to do things, something which windows does constantly.


It's not constantly asking you for AddressBook.app permission. It's a one time thing like location services and notifications on iOS. Here's hoping we see this on iOS soon.


As much as I'd love to hate on Apple for this, I'll direct my hatred to all the idiots who have made Apple do this

"Sure I'll download freepornandfreemoneyandfreebmw.dmg its gotta be legit right?"

Make Macs more expensive . . . problem solved.


I believe this is more of a developer issue than computer "idiots" downloading weird apps. Apple is trying to combat the issue of developers accessing contact info easily in OS X and iOS to mine for data. The iOS Path app made headlines about this issue.
Rating: 8 Votes
33 months ago

that was my exact first thought

That's a pretty ugly red symbol. :eek:


Maybe it's just a rough first attempt at the dialogue, and their UX team (or whatever) hasn't looked it over...
I would have expected a dialogue like this:



Or maybe their new version makes more sense in this case...who knows...it certainly looks simpler. I'd have to think it over :p
Rating: 7 Votes
33 months ago
Why is this privacy?

I approve Adium to see if Bob Jones has an email address. Should be a system call to return a value from the address database.

Instead Adium uploads my address book, email, phones, address, etc.... I've just given them permission to access it, but apparently I don't get to limit their use or access.

It's sham privacy. Meaningless. :mad:

BTW, I used Adium only because it was the example cited above. In my experience they are a reputable company.
Rating: 6 Votes
33 months ago
"Access". Sure, wtf.

"Transmit", not so much.
Rating: 6 Votes

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