Do apps discretely save all your photos?

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Recently Apple released an update which allows users to choose which photos to make available to an app. Until now I believed that messaging and social media apps will only save a photo on their servers if you post or send it. This update leads me to suspect that some apps might secretly upload all your photos to their servers if you give it access to your camera roll.
 
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I wouldn't doubt it. Phones already track where you go and if authorities want they can listen in or take photos. Those long EULA you agree to when purchasing apps might inform you if they are taking your files, but it's not like someone couldn't hide that functionality in an app and then simply not let anyone know. Smart Phones really do suck a big one.
 
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I think some might... but I fail to see the problem other than proper privacy.

Besides... anyone should be able to read what any app might get access to.
And when you download software that you (implicitly) know will host your pictures, you're basically agreeing to said terms of service... no?
 
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If you grant an app (any app) complete access to your photo library, you are essentially giving them permission to do what they like with your photos, within the terms of their privacy policy - because they all stick to that :wink:

An app such as Facebook, for instance, could access the geographic location of your photos, upload them to their “private” user storage location and so on.

The reason Apple and Google are giving users more control and in some cases, enforcing that apps explicitly request access with a proper description as to why. Is to try and limit the amount of information these companies can scrape from you - it’s all money to them.

Unless you’re using something like Google/Microsoft/whoever for a backup of your library. I’m all for making one library, adding photos you want to share into it, and only allowing them access to that library.

It’s scary just how much information can be collected and how much they can track you, if you don’t pay attention to the prompts and more importantly, their EULA and privacy policies, instead just hitting the, yeah, yeah, just let me use the app button.

Go read some of them when you have spare time. They might be (are) boring, but they’re an eye opener. It’s why I don’t use Facebook (among others).

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem sharing information that’s randomised and not linked to me in any way, for the purposes of app/service improvements. But though I have nothing to hide and very little of interest to others, I’ll be damned if I let them do the digital equivalent of burgling my house…..

….. But that’s just me. I’m clearly in the minority there.
 

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Recently Apple released an update which allows users to choose which photos to make available to an app. Until now I believed that messaging and social media apps will only save a photo on their servers if you post or send it. This update leads me to suspect that some apps might secretly upload all your photos to their servers if you give it access to your camera roll.
I wouldn't worry about legitimate apps doing this, but there definitely has been malware and/or borderline malware ending up on the Play Store and App Store in the past (less so on the App Store because of Apple's strict vetting) and adding restrictions like this just makes it harder for such apps to do as much damage.
 

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What kind of pictures does a person have on their phone, they they are worried about someone else seeing them. If some company want to look at a million pictures of my cat, a few of the cyst I had removed on my ass cheek, and other goodies.... so be it. I don't really care. And the tracking, monitoring, being able to listen to you, authorities able to take pictures, so and and so forth. While immoral, what are people so afraid of? Unless you're a major criminal - no one really gives a fuck. They cant even listen in on your calls without a wire tap warrant. At least in the US. People be WAY too paranoid.
 
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