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App Maker Apologizes for Lack of Transparency


February 9, 2012

Mobile app maker Path apologized after it was discovered that its software automatically uploaded address books to company servers without user consent, PC Magazine reports. The issue was discovered and disseminated by a developer who noticed the default operation uploaded contacts' full names and e-mail addresses. Path Chief Executive Dave Morin said the company made a mistake but the transmission was done over an encrypted connection and stored securely on company servers. Path has also released a new version of the software that allows users to opt in or out of sharing the data. A report by The Washington Post notes, "Path is learning what several app and social networking companies have learned about user privacy: transparency is key."
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