Path Not Taking the High Road (Updated)

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, after the funeral of our grandfather, my siblings and I decided to keep in better contact. We are spread out geographically and have a hard time staying in touch. We want a way to conveniently share stories, pictures and videos with each other without sharing with friends or acquaintenaces.  We want to be more social.

We’ve looked at Glassboard, Path and Google+. Facebook was not even considered due to privacy concerns. Google+ was easy to dismiss due to the incredible awfulness that is their mobile client.

Now the internet is buzzing with the discovery that Path uploads your entire address book to their servers. Their response is that the only use is to connect you with your friends and family. Here is a quote from the linked article by Arun Thampi:

Upon inspecting closer, I noticed that my entire address book (including full names, emails and phone numbers) was being sent as a plist to Path. Now I don’t remember having given permission to Path to access my address book and send its contents to its servers, so I created a completely new “Path” and repeated the experiment and I got the same result – my address book was in Path’s hands.

Brett Simons of Glassboard (and the creator of NetNewsWire) explains this through the eyes of someone who has made a mistake like this in the past.

To the creators of Path: Without my permission, you took information from me about people I care very much about. I am walking away and will not be using Path.

UPDATE: Path has publicly apologized and says they have removed all personal data from their servers. Nicely done. I’m still favoring Glassboard. (via Om Malik)

Posted on February 8, 2012, in Mobile. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off.

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