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Letter to Mr. Dick Costolo of Twitter

Letter to Mr. Dick Costolo of Twitter

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FRED UPTON,MICHI
GAN
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RMAN
Mr.
Di
ck Costolo
ONEHUNDRED1WELFTH CONGRESS
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March22, 2012
Chief
ExecutiveOfficer,Twitter,Inc. 795Fol
so
mStreet,Suite600 San Francisco,CA94107DearMr.Costolo: Lastmonth, adeveloper
of
applications ("apps")forAppl
e's
mobiledevicesdiscovered
th
atthesocial networkingappPathwas accessing and collectingthe co
nt
e
nt
s
of
hi
siPhoneaddress
bo
ok without having askedfor
hi
sconsent.
I
Followingthereports about Path, developersandmembers
of
thepressran
th
eir
ow
nsmall-scaletests
of
th
e codefor other popularappsforAppl
e's
mobiledevicestodeterminew
hi
chwereaccessingaddressbookinforma
ti
on
2
Around thistime,threeother appsreleased new versionstoincludeapromptask
in
g
for
users' conse
nt
before accessing theaddressbook]
In
addition,concerns weres
ub
sequentlyraised aboutthe mannerinwhich apps can accessphotographs onApple'smob
il
edevices.
4
I
Arun Thampi,
Palh
Up
loadsYour
En
lireiPhone AddressBook
10
lIS Servers,
mclov.in(Feb.8, 2012) (ava
il
ableatwww.mclov.in/20
12
/02/08/path-uploads-
yo
ur-entire-address-book-to-
th
e
ir
server
s.
html).
2
See,e.g.,
DieterBolm,
iOS Apps
and
Ihe
Add
ressBook:
Who
Ha
sYour Dala,
and
HowThey're Gelling
II
,
The Verge(Feb.
14
,2
012)(available at www.theverge.coml20
12/2114/2
798008/ios-apps-and-the-address-book -what-you-need-to know);Matthew Panzarino,
Wha
l iOS Apps Are GrabbingYour Data,Why They
Do
II
and
WhalShould
Be
Done,
TheNextWeb(Feb.
15
,2012)(ava
il
a
bl
eatwww.
th
enextweb.com/insider/20I
2/
02
/1
5/what
-i
os-apps-are-grabbing-your-data-why-they-do-i
t
and-what-should-be-donel);JenniferVanGrove,
Your
Add
ressBook is M
in
e:
Many iPhoneAppsTakeYourDala,
VentureBeat(Feb.
14
,2
012)(ava
il
a
bl
eatwww.
ve
nturebeat.comI20
12/
02
1
14
/iphone-address-bookl).
J
I
d.
4
NickBilton,
AppleLoopholeGivesDevelopersAccess
10
PhD
los,
The
New
York Times(Feb.
28,2012)
(ava
il
able at www.bit
s.
blogs.nytimes.comI2012/02/28/tk-ios-gives-developers-access to-photos-videos-Iocation/).
 
Mr.Dick
Cos
toloMarch22, 2012 Page 2
'y,
/e
are writingtoyou because we wantto betterunderstandthe
inf
ormationco
ll
ec
ti
onand usepoliciesandpractices
of
apps
fo
rApple'smobiledevices withasocialeleme
nt.
Werequestthatyou respondtothe follow
in
gquestionsregardingtheTwitter app: (I)Throughtheend
of
February 2012,howmanytimes was youriOSapp dow
nl
oadedfromAp
pl
e's AppStor
e?
(2)Didyouhaveaprivacypolicy
in
place foryour iOSapp attheend
of
Feb
ru
ary
20
12?Ifso,pleasete
ll
us whenyouriOSappwasfirstmade availableinApple's
Ap
pStoreandwhenyoufirsthadaprivacypolicyinplace.
In
addition,
pl
easedescribeh
ow
thatpo
li
cyismade availableto yourappusersand
pl
easeprov
id
ea
copy
of
the
mo
strecentpo
li
cy.(3)HasyouriOSappatanytimetransmitted
in
fo
rmationfromorabout auser's addressbook?Ifso,w
hi
ch
fi
e
ld
s? Also,
pl
easedescribea
ll
measurestakento protectorsecurethat information duringtransmissionandthepe
ri
ods
of
timeduring w
hi
chthosemeasureswere
in
effect.(4)Have youatanytime storedinformationfromorabout auser's addressbook?
If
so, which
fi
e
ld
?Also,pleasedescribea
ll
measurestakento prot
ec
torsecure
that
inf
ormation
du
ringstorageand
th
epe
ri
ods
of
timeduring w
hi
chthosemeasures were
in
effec
t.
(5) Atanytime,has your iOSapptransmittedorhave youstoredany other information from
or
aboutauser'sdevice-including,but notlimitedto,theuser
's
phonenumber, ema
il
account information,calendar,photo ga
ll
ery,WiFico
nn
ec
ti
onlog,theUniqueDevi
ce
Iden
ti
fier (UDID),a MediaAccess Control(MAC)address,or
any
other
id
ent
ifi
eruniquetoaspecificdevice? (6)Totheextentyoustoreanyaddressbook
in
formationorany of the
inf
ormation
in
qu
estion5,pleasedescribea
ll
purposesforw
hi
chyoustoreor usethat
in
forma
ti
on,thelength
of
timeforwhichyoukeepit,and
yo
ur po
li
c
ie
sregarding sharing
of
thatinformation.
(7)
Totheextentyoutransmitor storeanyaddress book
inf
or
mationorany
of
thein
fo
rmation
in
question5,please describe a
ll
no
ti
cesde
li
vered to users onthe mobiled
ev
ice screenaboutyourco
ll
ec
ti
onandusepracticesbothpriorto andafter February8,201
2.
(8)
Th
eiOS Developer ProgramLicense
Ag
reementdetailingtheob
li
gations and responsibilities ofapp developersreporte
dl
y statesthatadeveloperand
it
s
app
li
ca
ti
ons"maynot co
ll
ectuserordevicedatawithout prior user conse
nt
,a
nd

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