In case you missed it, there's word out there that Apple's iPhone allows tons of personal data - including text messages, contact lists and photos - to be extracted from your device for what it says are diagnostic services meant to help engineers.  Thing is, though, customers don't know it's being taken and can't reverse the process, according to a researcher who showed in a conference presentation last week just how it's done.

Of course, that brings up the never-ending question of privacy when it comes to many of these high-tech devices.  Some cite Apple's move as evidence of the company's collaboration with the National Security Agency.  Apple says 'no' - denying creating any “back doors” for intelligence agencies.

It released a statement saying, “We have designed iOS so that its diagnostic functions do not compromise user privacy and security, but still provides needed information to enterprise IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues. A user must have unlocked their device and agreed to trust another computer before that computer is able to access this limited diagnostic data.”

Source: Reuters via The Huffington Post