Schumer Urges FTC Probe into Apple, Google Practices

In a recent communication, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to launch an inquiry into Apple and Google’s practices regarding their handling of photographic data.

According to a report by Reuters, Schumer’s request follows revelations from a New York Times article which highlighted a privacy issue where iOS apps with location permissions could access the user’s photo library. A subsequent report also noted that Android applications with Internet permissions could similarly infiltrate a user’s photo gallery without their knowledge.

In his letter to the FTC, Schumer expressed concern that these practices exceed what “a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app’s functionality.” He questioned the effectiveness of Google and Apple in enforcing their own terms of service and emphasized the responsibility of handset manufacturers to safeguard private content on devices.

Senator Schumer has previously confronted Apple on privacy issues.

In 2010, he wrote an open letter to Steve Jobs, addressing the iPhone 4’s antenna problems and urging Apple to provide a no-cost fix for affected consumers.

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