As you may be aware, Apple are working towards a summer release of the upcoming OS X 10.8, aka Mountain Lion.
The Cupertino company have just released the 2nd developer preview for registered Apple developers and according to the release notes, there are big improvements, although there are still some areas that need to be tweaked and improved – like Game Center, Air Play and also the Notes app. However, one thing that hasn’t been mentioned in the release notes in the 2nd preview, is a new privacy feature that has just been discovered.
Apple developer Dustin Courtis has found that if you have an app that attempts to access your personal information, such as contacts for example, a pop-up box will appear informing you whether you want to trust this app to have access to such data.
Also, another security feature has been included in this latest preview, which is the ability to revoke permissions to apps you have already authorised to have access to your data.
Perhaps Apple have started to take steps such as these in response to concerns about iOS privacy issues, as it was discovered that apps can access users contacts without explicit permission. Although the latest version of iOS does not include a privacy advisor as seen in this version of OS X, it’s quite possible that Apple are lining up something similar for iOS users to ensure that their personal data is as secure as possible.