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Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the FTC yesterday to investigate Apple and Android smartphones after it was reported that apps on both devices can access a user's personal photos and contacts.

In his letter, Schumer (D-NY) asked the FTC "to investigate a disturbing and potentially unfair practice in the smartphone application market," referring to New York Times reports saying apps on the smartphones can access the data without the owner's knowledge.

"When someone takes a private photo, on a private cell phone, it should remain just that: private," Schumer said. "It sends shivers up the spine to think that one's personal photos, address book, and who-knows-what-else can be obtained and even posted online – without consent."

Apple and Google didn't return requests for comment.

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