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.