Yesterday, the micro-social network got involved in its first mini-scandal, after a hacker discovered the iPhone app uploaded user phone book data on to a server. We took the incident as a sign of social media relevance. But others were more disappointed in Path. Looks like CEO Dave Morin covered those concerns in his lengthy apology on the Path site.
The original explanation, which Morin posted as a comment, wasn't quite enough to calm the masses. He explained the reason for the breach, calling it an "important conversation." Nowhere did Morin say the word "sorry" or indicate that Path would stop uploading data. Though, he did say it would soon ask users to "opt-in." Dissatisfied, betrayed Pathsters called for more. Michael Arrington over at Uncrunched asked Path to "nuke" all the data it had uploaded, proving it had no malicious intentions. "Path should just state that they’re nuking all collected address book data for all users right now. Remove it from their servers entirely," he wrote. And, Gizmodo's Mat Honan had chastised Path for working covertly, pushing for more transparency. "It illustrates a huge point about privacy: Don't surprise people," he explained. "The worst thing a company can do with private data is something unexpected. Unexpected is almost always bad."