18 Feb '12, 2am

Singapore PR stumbled upon iOS app Path's privacy breach, revelation caused global backlash

Singapore PR stumbled upon iOS app Path's privacy breach, revelation caused global backlash

SURPRISE 'All the negativity towards Path came as quite a surprise to me, especially when it turns out a lot of other mobile apps do the same.' Mr Arun Thampi, who remains a regular user of Path and said the app's developers had responded well to the backlash -- PHOTO: ANIDEO By Lim Yan Liang It was just another 'hackathon' session for software engineer Arun Thampi to take a breather from work, but what he discovered caused a global backlash. He found out that a popular Apple iOS application called Path was uploading users' phone-book details without their knowledge. This revelation led to the United States government querying Apple on privacy guidelines for apps and the company promising action to make things right. Things had started regularly on Feb 9 when Mr Thampi, a co-founder of three-man start-up Anideo, and his colleagues invited a handful of programmer friends to...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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