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OS X 10.8 Beta 2 Forces Third-Party Apps To Ask For Permission When Accessing Contacts

OS X 10.8 Beta 2 Forces Third-Party Apps To Ask For Permission When Accessing Contacts

We finally have control over our contacts in Mountain Lion.

In addition to the new features we detailed earlier today, Apple’s second OS X Mountain Lion beta adds a nifty security feature that will prevent third-party applications from accessing your contacts without your permission.

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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.

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Path 2.1 Now Available In App Store With Nike+, Music Match, Camera Improvements

Path 2.1 Now Available In App Store With Nike+, Music Match, Camera Improvements

A new version of social networking app Path is now available in the App Store for iPhone users. Path 2.1 features several new features and improvements, including a Shazam-like ‘Music Match’ tool for identifying music playing around you.

The app’s camera features have also been improved with focus and exposure options and a new setting called “Pow!” for creating comic book-style pics. Nike+ integration has been added to let you journal your runs in Path.

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Congress Wants Answers From Apple On Apps Stealing Address Book Contacts

Congress Wants Answers From Apple On Apps Stealing Address Book Contacts

A week ago, it was discovered that the popular social networking app Path uploads users entire address books to their servers. They’ve since apologized and nuked the data. But Path’s not the only ones doing this: other high profile companies like Twitter are also doing it. And Apple’s letting them.

Not so surprisingly, Congress isn’t liking what it’s hearing about the address book security issue. In fact, House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Commerce Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Chair G.K. Butterfield have written Apple a letter asking some hard questions about how Apple has allowed this to happen, and “whether Apple’s iOS app developer policies and practices may fall short when it comes to protecting the information of iPhone users and their contacts.”

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Jailbreak-Only Apps Respect Your Privacy More Than App Store Apps [Report]

Jailbreak-Only Apps Respect Your Privacy More Than App Store Apps [Report]

You’d be forgiven for thinking that unauthorized iOS apps obtained from the likes of Cydia aren’t as careful with your personal data as those approved by Apple for sale in the App Store. In fact, the opposite is true. Jailbroken iOS apps respect your privacy more than those obtained from the App Store.

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Path Should Use Hashes To Keep Your Contacts Secret [Opinion]

Path Should Use Hashes To Keep Your Contacts Secret [Opinion]

By hashing your contact details, Path could have avoided a scandal

Last week, the web exploded with the news that social iOS app Path was uploading your entire address book to its servers, and then keeping it there. Worse, it was sending and storing them in plain text (although the connection was at least SSL-encrypted). Clearly, having Path notify you when your friends join the service is handy, but is there a way to do this without compromising your privacy? According to Edinburgh iOS supremo Matt Gemmell, there is.

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Path Apologizes, Issues Update Making Accessing Your Address Book Opt-In

Path Apologizes, Issues Update Making Accessing Your Address Book Opt-In

Caught up in a maelstrom of controversy over revelations that Path has been uploading iOS users’ address books to their own servers, Path CEO David Morin has spoken out about what’s going to happen now.

It’s all good news. Not only is Path taking full responsibility, and apologizing whole-heartedly for the violation, they’ve also pushed live a new update to the Path app that makes uploading your address book opt-in. But will other developers follow Path’s lead?

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Like Path, Hipster Also Uploads Your Address Book To Its Servers Without Telling Users

Like Path, Hipster Also Uploads Your Address Book To Its Servers Without Telling Users

Social networking app Path hit the headlines yesterday after it turned out the company was taking users’ entire address books and uploading them to their servers.

It’s a big privacy violation, but Path’s hardly the only one doing this. In fact, computer engineering professor Mark Chang has just discovered that Hipster, the popular photo-filter postcards app, does the exact same thing as Path: sucks up your contacts and squirts them into their servers.

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How To Keep Apps Like Path From Accessing Your Contacts Data [Jailbreak]

How To Keep Apps Like Path From Accessing Your Contacts Data [Jailbreak]

We told you yesterday that Path was secretly uploading your iPhone’s entire address book to its servers. Users of the inclusive social network voiced concern, and many decided to remove the app entirely until Path addresses the issue in an upcoming update.

It’s common practice for third-party apps to access and even store your contacts elsewhere. The problem with Path is that there was no indication that this activity was taking place. Path’s CEO stated that the app would make the activity opt-in when the next update is pushed out.

Thanks to a brand new jailbreak tweak, you’ll never have to worry about an app silently stealing your personal contacts data again.

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Path Uploads And Stores Your iPhone’s Entire Address Book On Its Servers

Path Uploads And Stores Your iPhone’s Entire Address Book On Its Servers

In what can only be considered the very definition of irony, it has been discovered that Path 2 for iPhone secretly uploads and stores your entire address book to its servers. In case you didn’t know, Path is a hot iOS app that offers an exclusive, confined social network experience with a limited number of people. Unlike Facebook, Path only lets you accept 150 friends, indicating the intimate, safe environment that the app creators want users to feel at home in.

Developer Arun Thampi has uncovered that Path’s current iPhone app sends all of your contacts to its servers without notifying you. Oops.

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