The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller
              In this Dec. 1, 2011 photo, Noaoki Shibata, a co-founder of the AppGrooves, an iPhone application discovery tool, holds a smart phone in Tokyo. Small but growing numbers of Japanese entrepreneurs are jumping into the startup scene in northern California, particularly since the earthquake and tsunami last March. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
              In this Dec. 1, 2011 photo, Noaoki Shibata, a co-founder of the AppGrooves, an iPhone application discovery tool, holds a smart phone in Tokyo. Small but growing numbers of Japanese entrepreneurs are jumping into the startup scene in northern California, particularly since the earthquake and tsunami last March. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)   

iPhone and Android apps able to access user photos due to security loopholes

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that due to a permission loophole, third party app developers could access an iPhone’s photo gallery app. The paper is now reporting that Google’s Android operating system suffers from a similar security hole.

Unlike the iPhone however, which requires an app to have permission to access location data, an Android device that has permission to access the Internet can copy photos to a remote server without notice. “We can confirm that there is no special permission required for an app to read pictures,” said Kevin Mahaffey, chief technology officer of Lookout Security.

Full Story: Like iOS apps, Android apps can secretly access photos thanks to loophole