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Android users aren’t out of the safety loop.There’s a bug similar to the one that allows app developers to see all the photos stored on your iOS device, this time without needing your GPS location or any permission at all.
The New York Times first reported that Google intended for later versions of Android smartphones to save data internally without the use of SD memory cards.
This system of memory storage allows Android apps to access your phone’s photos without your permission as long as the device has Internet access, a security flaw Google neglected to acknowledge.
“We’re taking another look at this and considering adding a permission for apps to access images,” a Google spokesman told the NYT in a statement. “We’ve always had policies in place to remove any apps on Android Market that improperly access your data.”
To test the Android bug, app developer Ralph Gootee downloaded an application and allowed it to connect to the Internet. Without a notification about photo access, the application was able to go into the phone’s photo library and posted the images onto photo-sharing sites.
You might want to make sure all your private photos are saved to your computer and kept off your phone until Google announces an official fix.