Apple and Google to rectify photo security flaw on Android and iOS

Android apps don’t need permission to access photos

Apple and Google have landed themselves in hot water again after a New York Times investigation discovered that photos could be accessed by any app

Apple and Google have promised to change their permissions regarding photo access for apps after it was discovered that Android and iOS allowed apps to potentially copy your images.

In the case of Apple it was discovered that while this was possible, the permissions did clearly state if any app had that capability.

Most recently the NY Times discovered that Android did not require these permissions allowing potentially, any app to access a persons image library.

Speaking to the paper a Google spokesperson revealed that the flaw was an integral part of the way Android interacted with micro-SD cards before manufacturers moved over to nonremovable storage as seen on smartphones like the Galaxy Nexus.

“We originally designed the Android photos file system similar to those of other computing platforms like Windows and Mac OS,”

“At the time, images were stored on a SD card, making it easy for someone to remove the SD card from a phone and put it in a computer to view or transfer those images. As phones and tablets have evolved to rely more on built-in, nonremovable memory, we’re taking another look at this”

Google has said that they will be reviewing their current policy however has highlighted that just because an app can perform this function, does not mean that they’ve allowed such an app onto the Android Market.

“We’ve always had policies in place to remove any apps on Android Market that improperly access your data.”

Of course while reassuring users will no doubt be grateful to know that both companies will be correcting the issue regardless.

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Source: NYTimes