Path apologizes for taking your address book, wipes data from their servers

Path apologizes for taking your address book, wipes data from their servers

There was a bit of noise yesterday about a popular mobile social networking app, Path, taking the address books of users wholesale, and storing them on their servers. Despite being transferred over SSL, and the data only being used to notifications when friends signed up, Path has apologized profusely and wiped any personal address book information from their servers. A patch to their iPhone app now provides a prompt if you're interested in receiving notifications when friends sign up.

It's good to see Path is being clear, prompt, proactive, and apologetic about the whole thing, but the whole situation still serves as a reminder that many of these mobile apps have access to a lot of personal information, and if you're uncomfortable with that situation, it's probably best not to go crazy signing up for every trendy new service to come along.

Personally, I've already surrendered to the fact that Google has an obscene amount of insight to my life, and if a few smaller software companies do too, fine. The worst they can do is deliver ads that are more relevant to my interests, and that doesn't sound like such a bad thing.

Source: Path

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Path apologizes for taking your address book, wipes data from their servers


It appears to me that people are ok with Facebook doing this, but bothered by Path.
At least Path is doing the right thing right now, and correcting how they handle recommended friends in the future. That's the sign of a good company, not a malicious one. IMO.

I just got to where I like using Path. I never went into this thinking they didn't have access to my address book. I'm actually a little surprised by what seems to be a false sense of outrage. After all the crap Facebook has done and with the persistent ass-raping our privacy takes there, somehow people are just NOW getting upset? Over Path? I refuse to let this hysteria upset me. I like the app and I knowingly am surrendering some privacy for the pleasure of using it. I'm okay with that, as long as I know. I can see how users didn't assume this would be the case, so Path is on the right path here, if you'll excuse the pun.