I'm getting off the Path until they delete ALL the data and start over

I'm getting off the Path until they delete ALL the data and start over

Summary: Path messed up by grabbing user contact data without asking and now is scrambling to figure out how to calm people down. A full wipe of all data is a good first step, but anything less is unacceptable.

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UPDATE: Well Path friends, it looks like they took quick action and according to this blog post they deleted all user uploaded contact data so you can start over again with Path. I was very pleased to hear this and am installing Path back onto my iPhone.

Like many of you readers, I am a fan of social networking services and use them as ways to stay in touch with family, friends, and acquaintances. I use Facebook just for close family and friends, Twitter for my readers and friends who may just be virtual friends, and lately I have been using Path for a smaller sub-group of friends. Path is a slick piece of software on Android and iOS, but it looks like I will be taking it off my devices after the latest discovery of their failed privacy practices.

I accept that I put myself out there on the Internet and am not that concerned about my privacy. However, Path uploaded my entire address book to its servers and I am sure there are those in my contact list that would not appreciate having their info on a 3rd party server. Jason recommended a few steps they could take, but I think the critical first step is to simply wipe ALL data from their servers and start over. The Path co-founder and CEO, Dave Morin, has been interacting with readers on Arun Thampi's site, but the requirement that individual users email their service team to have their data deleted is ridiculous. Someone may not care that their data was uploaded, but a person in that contact list may care and without a full data wipe they have no ability to have their info deleted.

With Facebook and Twitter, I have no urgent need for Path and grabbing my data without asking makes it easy to leave the service. It doesn't seem like they had any malicious intent, but the fact that they cannot properly program their service and took the data without asking is enough for me to question their accountability in the future.

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  • RE: I'm getting off the Path until they delete ALL the data and start over

    "However, Path uploaded my entire address book to its servers and I am sure there are those in my contact list that would not appreciate having their info on a 3rd party server."

    That will be the demise of any online app and a huge deal-breaker...particularly if it was NOT in their ToS.
    prov1322
  • RE: I'm getting off the Path until they delete ALL the data and start over

    I agree.
    Long Shot
  • We just don't know

    Its another situation where you might have done it all correctly, yet someone you know could present your contact information for public consumption. Face book has unsubscribe... But you can not trust an unregulated environment.. Until a few really nasty examples present themselves no changes will be made. Unfortunately someone will have to suffer before the appropriate steps are taken
    RayInLV
  • RE: I'm getting off the Path until they delete ALL the data and start over

    This is pathetic. It's also pathetic that the author forgives them and reinstalls. What a sucker.
    lippidp
  • RE: I'm getting off the Path until they delete ALL the data and start over

    Not sure why you or anyone else would decry privacy issue problems with "cloud" providers. If you never give it up in the first place, you would have nothing to worry about would you? I've done it myself before. Found out how crazy it was to keep doing it, and closed all of my email accounts and started from scratch. Don't share more with a "cloud thing" than I would with a complete stranger. Wanna keep it private? Keep it to YOURSELF!
    Charles_B