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Path privacy blunder could fall foul of Euro data penalties

Path privacy blunder could fall foul of Euro data penalties

Social network Path has found itself at the eye of a privacy storm, with the revelation that the iPhone and Android apps have been automatically uploading users' entire address books to the company's servers. First spotted by Arun Thampi, and subsequently confirmed by Path itself - the CEO of which claims it is intended as a beneficial feature, though Path has retroactively been adding opt-in preferences - the data protection blip could see Path face significant penalties under European privacy laws.

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Path CEO got angry Apple audience after privacy blunder

Path CEO got angry Apple audience after privacy blunder

Path's high-profile iPhone privacy blunder earned app founder Dave Morin a sudden grilling in front of Apple CEO Tim Cook and his exec team, it's been revealed, though sources suggest the App Store approvals process may be less stringent than assumed. Cook demanded the meeting after the Path debacle - in which it was revealed that the app uploaded each user's entire address book to the Path servers - went public, Bloomberg's sources say.

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Path iPhone update live, “fixes” privacy issue

Path iPhone update live, “fixes” privacy issue

Today there's been a bit of controversy surrounding the Path app for iPhone and how it gains access to your contacts without asking you permission to do so. While its customary for such requests to go down with most major apps and is required by every single app in, for example, the Android Marketplace, it's only today become an issue for Path developers. Per the public's request though, and not a moment too soon, Path's Dave Morin has let loose an apology as well as an update to the app live in the iTunes App Store now.

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Path gets iOS 7 relaunch

Path gets iOS 7 relaunch

Private photo sharing service Path has finally updated its app for iOS 7, with a redesigned interface, simplified controls, and broader sharing options to link to other services. Path 3.4 pares back the UI to match the rest of Apple's "flattened" appearance for iOS 7, in addition to adding swipe support to move between messages and the homescreen.

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Fifty cents more in sensors could’ve made the iPhone 5s an empath

Fifty cents more in sensors could’ve made the iPhone 5s an empath

An extra fifty cents worth of sensors and your iPhone 5s could have read your emotions rather than just track exercise and fitness, chip manufacturer Freescale says, predicting a time soon when smartphones will know more about our moods than our friends and families do. The iPhone 5s' M7 co-processor, added by Apple in its latest smartphone iteration, is just a few senses away from a whole new level of understanding about its owner, Kaivan Karimi, executive director of global strategy and business development at Freescale Semiconductor, suggested today.

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Path download rate dropping, app hits bottom of Top 1000 chart

Path download rate dropping, app hits bottom of Top 1000 chart

Path managed to get on quite a few users' bad sides this year as it ran afoul of the FTC for collecting user data without permission, soon after drawing ire over a feature that many considered to be nothing more than spam. Despite millions of dollars in funding over the months, having apparently a valuation of hundreds of millions, download charts are showing that popularity for the app is dropping fast.

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Google Glass facial-recognition service likely to stoke privacy fears

Google Glass facial-recognition service likely to stoke privacy fears

Google's Glass wearable could soon be able to recognize faces of those around the wearer, thanks to a dedicated service for human and object recognition that could be built into third-party apps. The handiwork of Lambda Labs, the special Glass facial recognition API will integrate into software and services using Google's Mirror API for Glass, crunching shots from the camera and spitting out the identity of people and objects it recognizes. Lambda Labs expects the system to be used for real-world social networking and person-location services, though also warns that it could eventually fall foul of impending privacy regulation.

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Path’s unwanted messaging tactics have users yelling spam

Path’s unwanted messaging tactics have users yelling spam

You may recall back in February when Path ran afoul of the FTC for its much-criticized habit of collecting users' contact information sans permission. The FTC smacked them with a $800,000 fine for what it said was violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act due to the app pulling some information from those under the age of 13. A day shy of 3 months later and the app is in hot water again, this time with its users who say one of Path's features amounts to spam.

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Path 3 now available, offers private messaging and stickers

Path 3 now available, offers private messaging and stickers

The latest version of Path, Path 3, has been announced, bringing with it a new private messaging feature and expressive stickers, giving users the ability to express an emotion that a text-based emoticon can't. While the stickers are interesting, it's the new ability to privately hold a conversation with friends that is the big feature in this release, adding an element of privacy that was previously missing.

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FTC fines Path app $800,000 over unauthorized data collection [UPDATE]

FTC fines Path app $800,000 over unauthorized data collection [UPDATE]

A year ago Path's app for iPhone received a lot of criticism because it was discovered that the app was accessing users' contacts without permission. The developers quickly made things right and released an update to fix the permissions. However, the FTC caught them anyways and fined them for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (since some users were under 13).

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