Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Photo App Uploading Users’ Address Books

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8 (UPI) — The popular U.S. photo-sharing service Path says its app automatically uploads iPhone users’ entire address books to its servers to enhance users’ experience.

The unilateral uploading was discovered by developer Arun Thampi who blogged that his “entire address book [including full names, emails, and phone numbers] was being sent … to Path,” CNET reported Tuesday.

Thampi said the service never asked for his permission to upload something as sensitive as his contacts.

Responding to Thampi’s post, Path founder and Chief Executive Officer Dave Morin released a statement.

“We upload the address book to our servers in order to help the user find and connect to their friends and family on Path quickly and [efficiently] as well as to notify them when friends and family join Path,” he wrote.

Morin’s said Path has specifically been asking Android users for permission to upload the address book for “a few weeks,” but has not yet made the feature an opt-in on iPhones.

Path is “rolling out the opt-in for this in 2.0.6 of our iOS client, pending [Apple's] App Store approval,” Morin wrote.

“We fundamentally believe that you as a user should always have control over your information and data and you can always e-mail our service team and we will remove anything you’d like from our servers,” he said.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Photo App Uploading Users’ Address Books”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.