Uncrunched

The story of the day is definitely about Path (a CrunchFund portfolio company). The company has been copying address book information to their servers without user knowledge.

The company was apparently already aware of the issue and was taking steps to address it prior to this post coming out. The Android app has an opt-in, and a version of the app with an opt-in is awaiting approval at Apple, says CEO Dave Morin in the comments to the original post. Morin has also flat out apologized.

This is a common problem with apps, due in large part to the fact that Apple doesn’t consider the data as sensitive as, say, location information. To get location info the app must alert the user and get their permission on screen. There’s no such requirement for address book data.

There’s an app coming that allows users on jailbroken phones to…

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