1. truenorthstrong's Avatar
    I was wondering when apps like Tapatalk, Twitter, Instagram, Vscocam, Camera + etc. need access to your photos, can they download them to themselves? I mean I do understand why they would need access to your photos but can the developers get your photos? Or that's why there is the hide option? when you hide a photo then these apps that already have access to your photos, can't get them?
    10-18-2014 11:02 PM
  2. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Technically, yes. Has it ever happened? Probably. Is it a problem to be concerned with? No.
    10-19-2014 12:23 AM
  3. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    I'll confirm, technically yes, but if they do it becomes a touchy invasion of privacy issue, at least here in the US. The point of the access is so the app can open your photos section so you can post and share photos.
    10-19-2014 01:57 AM
  4. truenorthstrong's Avatar
    what about if they are hidden?
    10-19-2014 02:10 AM
  5. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    I don't know for sure, but I would assume they would not be able to be accessed outside of the photos app itself. I've never hidden a photo and tried to use it before, but I can give it a try.
    10-19-2014 02:16 AM
  6. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    If it is still in your albums, like my iPhone just told me it would be, then it can still be accessed.
    10-19-2014 02:18 AM
  7. truenorthstrong's Avatar
    If it is still in your albums, like my iPhone just told me it would be, then it can still be accessed.
    Ya I just hidden some pics to see that, I opened vscocam and when opened my photos they were still visible there to open so I don't really see a point for that option.
    10-19-2014 02:57 AM
  8. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Here is the thing. The programs need to access your photos to accomplish their tasks and they need to use your photos to accomplish their tasks. As far as storing, it is an assumption, but I would theorise that they would store them for a finite period of time in accordance with their terms of use.
    This is different from using them in a way not described in their terms of use. This was the whole brouhaha with Instagram and Facebook recently.
    So....review the terms of use and don't click past.
    For a feature such as hiding them and what that means, contacting the developer is probably the best course of action.



    Sent from my SEXY GORGEOUS AWESOME GOLD 128G iPhone 6
    10-19-2014 10:04 AM
  9. LucilleVilches's Avatar
    Very well said. Great advice.
    10-23-2014 09:38 PM
  10. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I have over 60 apps I've given permission to access my photos. But it was necessary if I wanted to use the app's features.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5.
    10-23-2014 10:19 PM
  11. truenorthstrong's Avatar
    I have over 60 apps I've given permission to access my photos. But it was necessary if I wanted to use the app's features.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5.
    Yes definitely I know that and I do understand how it works but my concern is privacy, will vscocam or Twitter etc steal or look at your photo streams or camera roll and decide to use it as ads in Pakistan for example. I heard this happen to a few people where Twitter posted a picture on their timeline without the user posting it I'm sure it was a bug/mistake on twitters end but still pretty scary.
    10-26-2014 07:58 PM
  12. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    The App Store has been open since July 10, 2008. Over 6 years. There are now roughly a million apps now available for download. I have yet to hear of the type of theft you refer to. However, some such as Facebook, with their 7 apps, tell you any photo posted on their app becomes their property. Yes, that's different. But I worry more about that sort of 8S than I do Tap Tap Tap or Afterlight Collective, Inc. stealing photos from my camera roll. Apple keeps a sharp eye out for misbehavin' developers. To begin with, it's not that easy to get an app approved by iTunes and into the App Store. I think they all realize if they were to steal photos, Apple would ban them. I have many photos stored on Box, Dropbox and OneDrive. Do I trust them? Yes. I have about 40 photography related apps. I trust them too. That said, I suppose anything can happen. Your next door neighbor could break into your home while you're on vacation.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5.
    10-26-2014 08:49 PM

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