"Path" and Contact Book
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Ed Ou for The New York Times An Egyptian youth updates a Facebook page with new information about the protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Facebook Twitter Google+ Save E-mail Share Print Last week, Arun Thampi, a programmer in Singapore, discovered that the mobile social network Path was surreptitiously copying address book information from users’ iPhones without notifying them.
Sometimes we have bad days. It's a part of being human, part of working in a stressful time and place. Among the problems of being a blogger are that it exposes one's weaknesses, magnifies the limits of one's personal perspective, and often amplifies our feelings beyond what we might have intended. I have avoided being a blogger in the traditional sense partly because I'm fairly certain that you don't care - nor should you - about these things as they pertain to me.
Path is a lovely app. It pushes all the right buttons . It's mobile, it's tactile, it's personal, it's full of people we love and moments that matter to us. It makes us feel good . It's got all the greatest hits a post-Facebook social app should have.
Dave Morin, the CEO of beleaguered social network Path , posted an apology today addressing the recent controversy over how the app accesses information on a user's phone. Saying the the company made a mistake, Morin promises Path has purged all address-book data from its servers.
It's not really a secret, per se, but there's a quiet understanding among many iOS app developers that it is acceptable to send a user's entire address book, without their permission, to remote servers and then store it for future reference.
Path got caught red-handed uploading users’ address books to its servers and had to apologize . But the relatively obscure journaling app is not alone.