After the Path controversy and government intervention, Apple has announced that they will start requiring iPhone applications require user permission for collecting contact data. After Path was caught red-handed, other companies that were discovered to be doing the same thing was Twitter, Foursquare, and Yelp.
?Apps that collect or transmit a user?s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines,? stated Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr in an interview with 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.?