Path is trying to pave over those privacy cracks, promising that its next update will “hash” the contact data it previously used to suck up without prior warning. Path received heavy criticism for its server that was uploading the address-books of Path users without their knowledge.
After Path was caught peeping inside users’ address books and while the subsequent (and understandably swift) update allowed users to opt out, the Path developers are still looking to gain privacy certification with TRUSTe.
They told The Verge that the next version will still allow contact matching without plucking the precise details at the same time. It would use a hashing technique that would not identify the data delivered to the social network app. The latest update adds compatibility with Nike+ GPS. It also brings improvements to the embedded camera and a new music recognition function.