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Path and the importance of privacy

You have probably heard about how Path uploaded iOS users’ address books to Path’s servers without permission. Path has since updated the app to explicitly ask for this permission, but it was a very creepy invasion of privacy, and understandably a number of bloggers as well as Path users were outraged. Path settled yesterday with the FTC over these charges: that it allegedly “deceived consumers and improperly collected personal information from users’ mobile address books” and that it collected “kids’ personal information without their parents’ consent”. The amount of the fine Path agreed to pay: $800,000. For a startup that raised $41.2 million, $800,000 is a sizable amount, a little under 2% of its total raised capital. Clearly, privacy is something every online service should consider. We’re fanatical about privacy, and have always believed that your contact info is yours, not ours. To read more about Path’s settlement, read this article by Christian Zibreg.

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