Apple has made amendments to its apps policy in a bid to quell increasing privacy controversy.

It has stated it will require mobile phone applications to seek “explicit approval” in separate user prompts before accessing private details in a user’s address book.

Apple’s move came after two members of the US House Energy and Commerce committee requested the company provide more information about its privacy policies.

An Apple spokesman told Reuters apps that to collect or transmit a user’s contact data without prior consent is in direct violation of the company’s guidelines.

“We’re working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.

Path and Hipster were recently forced to apologise after it emerged that the creators of two iPhone apps had uploaded users’ address-book information without their explicit permission.

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