“Path bills itself as a social network that cares about privacy. For a while it was also an App Store outlaw,” Adam Satariano and Douglas MacMillan report for Businessweek.
“When iPhone users downloaded it through Apple’s popular storefront, the software surreptitiously sent a user’s entire contacts list—including e-mail addresses, names, and phone numbers—to the company’s servers,” Satariano and MacMillan report. “That wasn’t just creepy, it was a violation of Apple’s rules. An engineer in Singapore revealed the transgression on his blog in February, and Path co-founder Dave Morin got hauled into Apple’s headquarters to be grilled by Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and other executives, according to people familiar with the meeting but not authorized by Apple (AAPL) to discuss it.”
Satariano and MacMillan report, “As the Path controversy unfolded, it became clear that several other popular apps uploaded contacts as well.”