Path uploads iOS address books to servers

Social network Path has come under fire for sharing entire iPhone address books to its servers. Arun Thampi revealed the problem in an article, reporting on findings while implementing a Path app for OS X. Dave Morin, Path CEO, candidly responded in the article's comments, and said the address books were uploaded only to "help the user find and connect to their friends and family on Path quickly and efficiently as well as to notify them when friends and family join Path", and added that the next update would make this opt-in.

While Morin's candid response was welcomed by some, concerns remained. Path's position as a more trustworthy take on the likes of Facebook was obliterated, and developers questioned Morin's comment that Path's actions were "currently the industry best practice" and that "the App Store guidelines do not specifically discuss contact information".

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