I was curious about all this buzz about Path but I didn’t want to sign up for another social network. After all, Facebook pretty much has everything about me up on their site since I use it almost every day. I tried playing with Path but it really wanted me to create a profile. So what’s a girl to do? Make a test account and just try it out. Little did I know what had been going on…
I usually make test accounts with some bogus Gmail email. So I thought I was safe. I was so very wrong. I repeated the same steps and came up with this:
ZOMG. Seriously?! Wow. That is my entire address book and that was just after getting past the account creation screen. I’m going off now to write an angry letter to them.
I’m a computer engineer so I know how hard it’s going to be to delete those backups. And they’ll want the email I used as the test too probably. Uh. I don’t remember which ones. So now somewhere lost in all their servers is my entire cache of personal data and there’s probably no way to get it back. I’m sure other people have used their address books to store passwords and other very sensitive data.
This is truly the cost of living in the current world of technology. I’m sure Path isn’t the only one that has siphoned off my address book. It’s one thing when you choose to let Apple sync your Address Book via the cloud, but this is quite horrible because I did not allow Path to transmit and store this information.