Apps and Privacy : A Case Study

TitleApps and Privacy : A Case Study
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsRaicu, I
Corporate AuthorsMarkkua Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University,
Date Published10/2012
PublisherMarkkua Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
Keywordsbusiness , BUSINESS ethics , COMPUTER science , marketing , Marketing Ethics , Privacy and Surveillance
AbstractPath is a social networking app that describes itself as "the smart journal that helps you share life with the ones you love." In February 2012, Path found itself at the center of a privacy controversy after a Singapore-based blogger reported that the app collected all the information in users' "Contacts" list, without asking users' permission to do so. As it turns out, that information, unencrypted, was transmitted to Path's servers, where it was stored-again unencrypted.
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