Path took a lot of heat in February when it was revealed by a programmer that the company was automatically uploading each user’s iPhone address book without permission. That, in turn, resulted in Congress deciding to probe Apple over its privacy practices. Path quickly deleted all of the private information and apologized for the debacle, but, as one might imagine, Apple wasn’t too pleased with Path’s actions. Here’s where it gets juicy.
According to Bloomberg, Path co-founder Dave Morin was “hauled into Apple’s headquarters to be grilled by Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and other executives.” We didn’t think Tim Cook would be the employee to deal with the Path fiasco, but it sounds like he believed it was such a big deal that he needed to speak to the company’s head personally.
Apple has mostly dealt with misbehaving developers on a case-by-case basis, as Bloomberg notes, but it’s clear change is needed when the government gets involved and when users revolt against services when they feel their privacy is threatened. The Cupertino-based company has already promised that it is “working to make [app guidelines] even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release.”