Το Path ανεβάζει τον τηλεφωνικό σας κατάλογο στους servers του [UPDATED]


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Posted on Wednesday February 8th, 2012 / 12:55

Η δημοφιλής εφαρμογή κοινωνικής δικτύωσης Path αντιμετώπισε σκληρή κριτική τις τελευταίες ώρες για παραβίαση των προσωπικών δεδομένων των χρηστών.

Συγκεκριμένα, ο developer Arun Thampi ανακάλυψε ότι η εφαρμογή ανεβάζει τον τηλεφωνικό κατάλογο των χρηστών στους servers της εταιρείας χωρίς να ζητά την απαραίτητη έγκριση.

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.

Ο CEO του Path, Dave Morin, απάντησε στο δημοσίευμα στο blog του Thampi υποστηρίζοντας ότι η διαδικασία αυτή έγινε για να διευκολυνθεί η εύρεση νέων φίλων, ότι η αντίστοιχη Android έκδοση υποστηρίζει το αντίστοιχο opt-in και ότι οι χρήστες iOS θα λάβουν την ίδια δυνατότητα σε μελλοντική αναβάθμιση.

Παρόλα αυτά είναι απορίας άξιο πως εξαρχής η εφαρμογή είχε αυτή τη δυνατότητα χωρίς να ενημερώνει τους χρήστες παραβιάζοντας ξεκάθαρα τους κανόνες της Apple. Μένει να δούμε τώρα, λοιπόν, την αντίδραση της Apple αλλά και του Path καθώς οι δυσαρεστημένοι χρήστες θα αυξάνονται συνεχώς.

U P D A T E [22:35, 8/2/2012]

Το Path με την έκδοση 2.0.6 βρίσκεται στο App Store διορθώνοντας το πρόβλημα με τον κατάλογο ζητώντας πλέον την έγκριση του χρήστη. Μπορείτε να βρείτε την αναβάθμιση στο App Store [link].

Το απολογητικό δελτίο τύπου της εταιρείας:

We are sorry.

We made a mistake. Over the last couple of days users brought to light an issue concerning how we handle your personal information on Path, specifically the transmission and storage of your phone contacts.

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.

Through the feedback we’ve received from all of you, we now understand that the way we had designed our ‘Add Friends’ feature was wrong. We are deeply sorry if you were uncomfortable with how our application used your phone contacts.

In the interest of complete transparency we want to clarify that the use of this information is limited to improving the quality of friend suggestions when you use the ‘Add Friends’ feature and to notify you when one of your contacts joins Path––nothing else. We always transmit this and any other information you share on Path to our servers over an encrypted connection. It is also stored securely on our servers using industry standard firewall technology.

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. Your trust matters to us and we want you to feel completely in control of your information on Path.

In Path 2.0.6, released to the App Store today, you are prompted to opt in or out of sharing your phone’s contacts with our servers in order to find your friends and family on Path. If you accept and later decide you would like to revoke this access, please send an email to service@path.com and we will promptly see to it that your contact information is removed.

We care deeply about your privacy and about creating a trusted place for you to share life with your close friends and family. As we continue to expand and grow we will make some mistakes along the way. We commit to you that we will continue to be transparent and always serve you, our users, first.

We hope this update clears up any confusion. You can find Path 2.0.6 in the App Store here.

Sincerely,

Dave Morin
Co-Founder and CEO

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