“Path should be private by default. Forever. You should always be in control of your information and experience,” announces the Path official website, informing the users of this young social network that they will have a dedicate platform to share thoughts and experiences, a place to keep a personal journal or a Path to their life. Meanwhile all this fuzzy feelings were shattered recently.
A short while ago the users complained that the app accessed personal information on the user’s phone. A developer discovered that after the Path app is installed, it sends user’s entire address book to Path’s servers. To make the matter worse, the users had no idea about this until the news blew off over the Internet.
Consequently, Dave Morin Co-Founder and CEO, displayed an immediate reaction to the situation and posted on the official blog a simple and rather compelling apology. “We made a mistake. (…) As our mission is to build the world’s first personal network, a trusted place for you to journal and share life with close friends and family, we take the storage and transmission of your personal information very, very seriously,” explained Dave Morin.
He also added the actions the company is going to take to ensure the users’ safety. “We believe you should have control when it comes to sharing your personal information. We also believe that actions speak louder than words. So, as a clear signal of our commitment to your privacy, we’ve deleted the entire collection of user uploaded contact information from our servers,” promised Path CEO.
The new privacy features are available with the updated Path app, 2.0.6, just released in the App Store.