Tim Cook Grilled Path CEO At Apple HQ Over Contact Privacy Scandal

Tim Cook Grilled Path CEO At Apple HQ Over Contact Privacy Scandal

You don't want to cross Tim Cook.

Apple has always taken privacy very seriously. When it was discovered that popular app Path secretly uploaded an iPhone user’s entire address book to its servers, the media reacted very strongly and Apple was forced to get involved. Path was violating Apple’s terms of agreement, and it was discovered that many other apps in the App Store had been doing the same thing for quite some time. Apple said that it would clarify the privacy issue for end users with a future iOS update.

High-profile meetings take place at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California all the time, but the public rarely gets to hear about what is said behind closed doors. As it turns out, Path CEO Dave Morin was summoned to Cupertino by Apple CEO Tim Cook to talk about the recent privacy scandal his app caused.

Bloomberg Businessweek reveals:

Path co-founder Dave Morin got hauled into Apple’s headquarters to be grilled by Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and other executives, according to people familiar with the meeting but not authorized by Apple to discuss it.

Dave Morin isn’t your average member of Silicon Valley. He formerly served as a key member at Facebook and has also worked on product and marketing at Apple. We can’t imagine how nerve-racking it must have been to sit down with the new Apple boss for a chat.

Thankfully, it’s all been worked out and Path won’t steal your contacts anymore. It looks like Tim Cook made sure of that.

  • scottnch

    Fair enough, but Apple should never have allowed this to happen. The surprise is that most people didn’t think it could. I, certainly, presumed that access to my contact information was sandboxed.

  • RadTech5000

    Mistakes happen, but it sounds like Tim Cook is a good guy here making sure we are all safe.

  • Mirko Salzer

    This guy should be lucky that good old Jobs (may he rest in peace) didn’t grill him:-). the only thing left would be a tiny bunch of ash….

  • WardC

    Agreed. Tim Cook’s degree of anger in situations like this is probably a joke compared to Steve Jobs. If something was not perfect or exactly in-line with Apple’s philosophy or plan, Jobs would pull you right out of your office or desk and fire you on the spot…no boardroom meeting or anything. When Steve was pissed, he was pissed, and he would not take bullish*t from anyone.

    This situation deals with a 3rd party developer, not an Apple employee. Basically Apple should yank this developer from the App Store, disallow him to sell his software through Apple ever again, and not take any crap about it. The developer went against Apple’s Code and Terms, and he should be banned. I doubt Tim Cook has the conviction to do this.

  • marcwitteveen

    Ah so this is how you can meet Tim Cook in person.

  • tv_gadget

    morin is lucky steve jobs isnt alive :p

  • aardman

    There it is, the Facebook connection.  The culture of disrespect and disregard for people’s privacy.  And I say this only partly tongue-in-cheek.

  • andrewh598

    Actually from the talk I’ve heard from the Cupertino employees I know, Tim Cook is brutally cold and calculating. I wouldn’t make any assumptions about him. The guy’s an alpha. He wouldn’t have gotten to where he is without being a shark.

  • Clark Wallace

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    These are your Apples in my hand Dave, steal contacts again and I will crush them.

  • erfon elijah

    GOOD GOD!  No reason to resort to cannibalism! 

  • frag frag

    “Apple has always taken privacy very seriously”
    Then why is that for a whole year now Safari does not respect the block cookies prefs and allows EVERY cookie -even from 3rd party websites- to be stored on your system?
    It’s a known issue and it’s been a YEAR.
    And why is it that non of the mac related blogs have EVER mentioned this?

  • Cathy Pierce

    It MUST be a conspiracy dude… i am telling you… between Apple and Mac related tech blogs, you are SO on to something!!!

  • frag frag

    You have no idea what i’m talking about, don’t you? Google it, BBC has a wonderful article about the issue.

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